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Blaze, the new film from director/co-writer Ethan Hawke, is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.

Ethan Hawke’s high-wire biopic tells the story of country blues singer Blaze Foley in a redneck-verité style that’s as delicate as it is daring.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat, “Arrested Development”); his last, dark night on earth; and the impact of his songs and his death had on his fans, friends, and foes. The braided storyline terminates in a bittersweet ending that acknowledges Blaze’s profound highs and lows, as well as the impressions he made on the people who shared his journey. Featuring a riveting, lived-in performance by film newcomer and musician Ben Dickey as Blaze Foley, and supporting turns from a stellar cast including Sam Rockwell, Kris Kristofferson and Steve Zahn, Hawke’s film is a moving, music-filled tribute to the life of an artist awaiting rediscovery. (Dir. by Ethan Hawke, 2018, USA, 127 mins., Rated R)

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