Presented by The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is kicking off its 21st birthday with a new and very unique coming-of-age movie. THE ROAD WITHIN, starring Dev Patel, Robert Sheehan, and Zoe Kravitz will open the festival on Tuesday, March 10th at a
Red Carpet Event at the Fremont Theatre in downtown San Luis Obispo.
Vincent (played by Irish native Robert Sheehan) has Tourette’s syndrome. When his mother dies, Vincent becomes obsessed with scattering her ashes by the ocean. Too much for his busy father to handle, Vincent is sent to a residential treatment center in Nevada where he befriends two other “inmates” struggling with their own personal issues. At odds with both his father and therapist, Vincent convinces his new friends to join him on a an epic road trip. As with most adventures of their nature, the destination ends up being less important than the journey. Writer/director Gren Wells (recently named on Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch list) has knocked one out of the park with this refreshingly original and heartwarming story of family, friendship and growing up. Leave the kids at home for this one though…as you might imagine, Vincent’s language is a little ripe, to say the least!
Here’s what one critic has to say about this great ensemble cast:
“Sheehan does an amazing job not just with the American accent but with capturing the physical manifestations of the ailment. Kravitz, best known for her roles in Divergent and X-Men: First Class, manages to be abrasive and compassionate at the same time; she delivers a vibrant performance. But it may be that Patel is most impressive of all. The star of Slumdog Millionaire and the HBO series The Newsroom has never had a role this demanding, and he does astonishing work that reveals a whole new side of his talent.” Stephen Farber / The Hollywood Reporter
Robert Sheehan, will be in attendance, along with fellow cast member, Alli Hillis, writer/director Gren Well and producer Brent Emery. You can meet them and fellow Festival-goers at the Opening Night Party happening at Luna Red in downtown SLO. From 5:00-6:30pm, enjoy mouth-watering appetizers, wines from Center of Effort and Bianchi Winery, craft beers and a signature cocktail in Luna Red’s relaxing yet elegant patio setting, right next to the Mission and just blocks from the Fremont Theatre.
Movie Mogul and Filmmaker passes will be accepted for the Opening Night Party and movie. Tickets for the reception will be available on a limited basis at the door for $30/person. Tickets for the movie are on sale now.