Waiting for the Miracle to Come to Debut at Austin Film Festival

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-10-10)

The movie Waiting for the Miracle to Come, executive produced by Bono and Wim Wenders will be featured at the 2018 Austin Film Festival on October 27th and 29th. The film is written and directed by Lian Lunson, and stars Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and Aussie Lowe. The movie was filmed in 2015 at Willie Nelson’s ranch outside of Austin, Texas.

Not only is the film being executive produced by Bono, we can reveal that Bono has written a new song for Willie Nelson to sing on the soundtrack of the film. The song, expected to be used over the closing credits is called “Where the Shadows Fall”. Bono also will perform backing vocals on the song which was recorded in 2015. “Where the Shadows Fall” was mentioned in the February 2016 issue of Q Magazine, and at the time many thought it was a song for the upcoming album.

VIDEO: Willie Nelson and Bono from Lunson’s film Willie Nelson: Down Home

Lunson, who directed the film, may also be familiar to U2 fans. In 1997 Lunson filmed the television documentary Willie Nelson: Down Home which featured Willie Nelson and Bono collaborating on the song “Slow Dancing”. In 2005 she was also the producer of Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man which featured Cohen performing with U2 on the song “Tower of Song.” Lunson is also thanked in the credits for the feature film Across the Universe in which Bono appeared.

And in 2005 Lunson was seen on stage at a number of U2 concerts, filming the band. U2.Com reported on that footage being captured: ““No sooner had the band caught their breath than director Lian Lunson – she of the acclaimed Leonard Cohen documentary (I’m Your Man), premiered in the city earlier this week – is up on stage with a film crew. The band are playing Fast Cars again, only the second live performance ever (Don’t laugh!’ says Bono) and it is being committed to film. (Who knows what for ? Guess we’ll find out soon enough.) The director gets a kiss on the cheek as she takes her crew off stage.”

From the website of the film comes this synopsis:

Set in a magically surreal world, WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE TO COME tells the story of a young woman whose quest for gold takes her on a far more rewarding journey than she could have ever imagined.

Following the death of her father, aspiring trapeze artist Adeline Winter (Sophie Lowe) discovers a cryptic letter he once wrote directing her to a goldmine in a remote California desert. Upon arriving to a mysterious town, she finds herself at the gates of The Beautiful Place, a house occupied by retired vaudeville stars Jimmy and Dixie Riggs (played by country legend Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling)

As she gets to know this mysteriously eccentric couple, Adeline discovers that her father’s posthumous words were directing her to a reward far more valuable than gold.

Largely shot on location at Willie Nelson’s Texas ranch Luck, WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE TO COME is directed by acclaimed documentarian Lian Lunson (LEONARD COHEN I’M YOUR MAN)

Her long time collaborators Wim Wenders and Bono are teaming up to Executive Produce to help bring her vision to the screen.

VIDEO: Trailer for Waiting for the Miracle to Come

The movie began filming in February 2015 at Willie Nelson’s private ranch in Spicewood, Texas and was completed later that year. A wide release date has yet to be announced and the film went without release for two years. Lunson in a statement about the film said, ““I wrote this script for Willie Nelson. His presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else. And growing up, I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on-screen is a dream come true for me.”

Wenders who is listed as co-executive producer on Waiting for the Miracle to Come is a long time collaborator with U2 as well, since he shot the promotional video for “Night + Day” in 1990 the Red, Hot and Blue album. U2 have contributed to many of Wenders soundtracks since that time, appearing on the soundtrack for Until the End of the World, Faraway, So Close!, The End of Violence, Beyond the Clouds, and Don’t Come Knocking. It was Wenders that directed the script that Bono wrote for the film The Million Dollar Hotel.

The movie will air twice at the Festival, on Saturday, October 27, it will be filmed at the State Theater from 3pm – 4:30pm, at 719 Congress Ave. On Monday, October 29, it will be shown at the Galaxy Highland Screen at 6700 Middle Fiskville Road. More information about tickets can be found here.

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