'Joshua' Opens Exclusively at Ayala Malls

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'Joshua' Opens Exclusively at Ayala Malls


Fox Searchlight's critically acclaimed "Joshua," a smart, bone-chilling suspense thriller about an upscale American family faced with an inner source of horror, will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4 and Greenbelt 3) starting Sept. 19.

The film stars Sam Rockwell ("Matchstick Men"), Vera Farmiga ("The Departed") and child actor Jacob Kogan as the title role.

Celebrated at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival as one of the smartest and most shockingly suspenseful psychological thrillers to hit the film world in years, "Joshua" presents the perfect New York couple in the perfect swank apartment with their two perfect children, a brilliant prodigy and a brand-new baby - and witnesses as they unravel into total chaos, seemingly driven to madness by the darkness within their 9-year-old son. Harrowingly real, rather than supernatural, the film's deft blend of dark comedy and obsessive fear left an indelible mark on audiences who couldn't shake the experience.

At its core, the film grabs onto the provocative notion of what happens to a family when their most basic belief in the goodness of the world falls out from under them - and runs with it.

Director George Ratliff says, "Part of what we tried to do with 'Joshua' is to play against the genre and conventions of the family drama, so that it sort of feels like one in every scene -- yet the mood and events keep getting darker and darker and darker. I wanted audiences to be able to absolutely believe in this family, which drove us to figure out the inner psychology of every single character. …

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