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Soref's "Not Forgotten" Takes Taboo Subject Matter to the Masses

"The title's already taken, but you could have almost called this film 'Secrets & Lies,'" said The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt to director Dror Soref as he moderated their post-screening discussion on "Not Forgotten" at the Writers Guild last night. "This seems to be a very intriguing theme in the film."

"The reason this was attractive to me was the lies," responded Soref. "Unless you face them, you're going to continue down a dwindling spiral. You start down a particular road and, unless you clean yourself up, you wind up at the bottom."

During the screening, the socking subject matter of the film was often met with loud gasps and chilling periods of silence. Afterwards, Soref and producer Donald Zuckerman recounted stories of shooting the cult-centric thriller in New Mexico.

The audience's questions to the director were not the perfunctory "How long did you shoot for?" one might expect; rather, they were well articulated, cerebral notions pertaining to the film's many ingenious plot maneuvers.

The industry-esque audience also queried Soref on the film's stylistic qualities. "There was a very guerilla-looking, handheld, shaky shooting style," said one audience member. "Was that done on purpose?"

"Yes, it was," explained Soref, proudly. "The DP and I put together a thick document on a shooting plan. The guerilla look was very intentional - shooting people from the back, etc. All of that was planned to a T."

"Not Forgotten" opens in Los Angeles on Friday, May 15, 2009.

About Not Forgotten
Jack Bishop (Simon Baker, "The Mentalist") lives the life of every man's dream with his beautiful wife, Amaya, (Paz Vega) and a happy, healthy daughter, Toby (Chloe Moretz). He has the career he always wanted and a loving home in a peaceful Texas border town. But it is no coincidence that Jack's life seems perfect. His past hides a black secret, one he hides from his family, one he hides from himself. When Toby goes missing, Jack knows his past has come back to haunt him. He also knows the only way he can find her is to use the powers of his long forgotten faith, La Santa Muerte, protectors of the sinner, the worshippers of the dead. 
Accompanied by the insecure newly-appointed sheriff and a pair of wary FBI agents, Jack's search takes him deep into his past, to a psychic who visualizes Jack's secret in terrifying detail, to the squalid barrios and seediest brothels in Mexico City's underbelly. But the power of the La Santa Muerte is stronger then he ever imagined, as it reaches out to touch his family and reveals an even darker and unexpected web of lies and deceit.

Both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety accorded the picture rave reviews:

"The cast sparkles - especially Simon Baker and Paz Vega... Not Forgotten reminds you of a paperback you pick up at the airport just before a long flight where the cover art promises a pulp-ish combination of suspense, murder and some nonsense about deviltry and a Mexican red light district. But the story turns out to be so engrossing you wish the flight were longer!..."

  • Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

"(Director) and co-scripter Dror Soref adroitly doles out bits and pieces of Jack's (Simon Baker) violent past to ratchet up suspense... Not Forgotten satisfies as a solidly crafted and persuasively acted thriller...."
-Joe Leydon, Daily Variety

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