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USA: Echelon Entertainment
Cast: Gale Harold, Blake Gibbons, Dihlon McManne, John Winthrop Philbrick, Rainer Judd, Dusty Paik, Martin Landau, Muriel Kenderdine
Director: Roy Finch
USA: 90 mins
USA Release Date: 28 May 2004 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
Alone in his family's decaying, long-deserted homestead, Sebastian (Martin Landau), confronts the blank page, a writer struggling to tell a tale. "...Each room, every hallway harbors the same shadows as when my brothers and I were young. And in each and every shadow, the same unchanging deceptions..." Is what we are experiencing what really happened? Does it exist only in Sebastian's memory, or is it a fiction?
In the film, WAKE, the fateful reunion of four brothers quickly dissolves into a night of drinking, deceit, perversions, and death. They don't realize until it is too late that the party they are having is, in fact, a wake.
The writing and directorial debut of Henry LeRoy Finch, WAKE is a performance vehicle in the literary spirit of the great American playwrights; O'Neill, Albee, and Shepard. Shot entirely on location in and around Bath, Maine in a house that was originally built in 1745, the film has a visual authenticity that is palpable. WAKE presents powerful performances captured with innovative technology.