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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE NARRATIVE

TELL TALE

TFF 2009 Directed by Michael Cuesta
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE TELL TALE [TFF 2009]

Terry (Josh Lucas) is a struggling single father, abandoned by his wife years earlier, who prides himself on taking good care of his young daughter. His life is finally looking up after he recently received a successful heart transplant, and he is even falling in love with a beautiful doctor (Lena Headey). But then the headaches start. And the visions. The new heart inside Terry seems to be beating to a horrifying drummer of its own. Haunted by its violent past, the heart begins to take hold of Terry, leading the young father on a frantic and harrowing search to find the donor's killer before he meets a similar fate.

Michael Cuesta (L.I.E., 12 and Holding) crafts an unsettling psychological thriller, inspired by the classic Edgar Allan Poe horror story and creatively adapted by Dave Callaham. This chilling tale marks Cuesta's first collaboration with notable directors/producers Ridley and Tony Scott, who produced the film. The combination of Cuesta's firm hand and intense pacing, Terry Stacey's rich and moody cinematography, a twisting plot, and solid performances by Lucas and Brian Cox is enough to get an audience's blood pumping.

Interests
Crime, Thriller

Terry (Josh Lucas) is a struggling single father, abandoned by his wife years earlier, who prides himself on taking good care of his young daughter. His life is finally looking up after he recently received a successful heart transplant, and he is even falling in love with a beautiful doctor (Lena Headey). But then the headaches start. And the visions. The new heart inside Terry seems to be beating to a horrifying drummer of its own. Haunted by its violent past, the heart begins to take hold of Terry, leading the young father on a frantic and harrowing search to find the donor's killer before he meets a similar fate.

Michael Cuesta (L.I.E., 12 and Holding) crafts an unsettling psychological thriller, inspired by the classic Edgar Allan Poe horror story and creatively adapted by Dave Callaham. This chilling tale marks Cuesta's first collaboration with notable directors/producers Ridley and Tony Scott, who produced the film. The combination of Cuesta's firm hand and intense pacing, Terry Stacey's rich and moody cinematography, a twisting plot, and solid performances by Lucas and Brian Cox is enough to get an audience's blood pumping.

Film Information
Year: 2009
Length: 92 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA, U.K.
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Josh Lucas, Lena Headey, Brian Cox, Beatrice Miller, Dallas Roberts, Ulrich Thomsen
Director: Michael Cuesta
Screenwriter: Dave Callaham
Producer: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Martin Shore, Christopher Tuffin, Michael Costigan
Contacts

Print Source
Larry Michalski
Fotokem
2801 West Alameda Avenue Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: 818 846 3102 x595
lmichalski@fotokem.com

Main Contact
Christopher Tuffin
Social Capital
1617 Broadway, Ste. A Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310 401 6163
christuffin@gmail.com

Attorney
Andrew Hurwitz
Partner
Schreck, Rose, Dapello, Adams & Hurwitz LLP
1790 Broadway, 20th Floor New York, NY 10019
Phone: P: (212) 832-0683
E: ahurwitz@srdah.com

Print Source
Larry Michalski
Fotokem
2801 West Alameda Avenue Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: 818 846 3102 x595
lmichalski@fotokem.com

Main Contact
Christopher Tuffin
Social Capital
1617 Broadway, Ste. A Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310 401 6163
christuffin@gmail.com

Attorney
Andrew Hurwitz
Partner
Schreck, Rose, Dapello, Adams & Hurwitz LLP
1790 Broadway, 20th Floor New York, NY 10019
Phone: P: (212) 832-0683
E: ahurwitz@srdah.com

About the Director(s)

Michael Cuesta earned a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1985. Cuesta cowrote (with Stephen Ryder and Gerald Cuesta) and directed the 2001 independent film L.I.E., which received critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and won two Independent Spirit Awards. Cuesta became a veteran director for the HBO original series Six Feet Under. He also directed the film 12 and Holding and numerous episodes for the Showtime series Dexter.

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