Jessica Chastain as: Mrs Williams
Directed by: Edna Luise Biesold
Screenplay by: Edna Luise Biesold
Selected Cast: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff
Running Time: 73min
Release Date: November 12, 2012 (Rome Film Festival)
Wide Release: December 12, 2014 (Limited)
Genre: Romance, Drama
James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, and Zach Braff star in this dramatic and inventive look at the life and work of ionic Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams. Williams (Franco) has a beautiful, adoring wife (Kunis) and a young son. But as he prepares for a reading in New York City and struggles to create new work, he is haunted by memories of his past—from his first sexual encounter to a later tragic loss. An ensemble of 12 directors work with a star-studded cast to weave together this moving and unique story of a complex man and the relationships that defined him.
The film was shot in Detroit in 2011, the same time James Franco was shooting Oz: The Great and Powerful. The 12 directors (Edna Luise Biesold, Sarah-Violet Bliss, Gabrielle Demeestere, Alexis Gambis, Shruti Ganguly, Brooke Goldfinch, Shripriya Mahesh, Pamela Romanowsky, Bruce Thierry Cheung, Tine Thomasen, Virginia Urreiztieta and Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo) was NYU graduate students in Franco’s program, and everyone involved on this project was invited by Franco.
The film received a nomination at the Rome Film Festival for the CinemaXXI Award.
The different parts of Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams’ life told through his poems. Flashbacks of his childhood, his teens, college years, to when he meets and marries his wife, Catherine (Kunis) and the birth of his children and parenthood. The film is narrated by different versions of Williams (Franco, Hopper, March, Unger), depicting the different aspects of Williams through the years.