EXIT ROAD: A gritty story of addiction and soul-searching that you cannot stop watching
Filmmaker Yuri Alves presents a gripping original narrative that tells the story of a young man teetering on the edge of redemption and self-destruction.
MONTCLAIR, NJ: After being one of the most buzzed about films at the ÉCU – European Independent Film Festival in Paris, EXIT ROAD will make its US premiere at the Montclair Film Festival on Saturday, May 09, 2015 – 9:30pm, at the Bowtie Bellevue Cinema Theater (260 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, NJ – see map below)
Four years after his highly acclaimed, breakthrough short film, “Broken Clouds,” which was set in a post-apocalyptic landscape, writer-director Yuri Alves returns with EXIT ROAD. The 13-minute film portrays a desperate young man in search of strength, love and salvation. The “cinema verité” styled film presents an unfiltered look at the physical, emotional and social challenges faced by an addict just returned from prison.
Yuri Alves, the multiple award-winning filmmaker, born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in New Jersey, sought to avoid preconceptions and caricatures on the subject: “The film touches how destructive drug addiction can be on your relationships with family, friends and mainly yourself. Still, I did not want to make a preachy or easy film, but instead bring you into the mindset of this character and dare you to not feel as stifled as he does.” Alves, based in LA for the past couple of years, shot the majority of the film in Newark, NJ and all of it in New Jersey: “For me, Jersey is a much more interesting canvas than LA – there is visceral depth and power in the landscape, and in the faces of the people.”
The film introduces Dane Sansevero in a raw, gripping performance that will leave no viewer indifferent. The entire cast was pulled from the Essex and Bergen county area. EXIT ROAD will screen as part of the New Jersey Shorts program, which will feature five other dramatic short films. The film is in competition for an Audience Award.