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The Letter, previously called The Stare, is a 2012 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Jay Anania, starring Winona Ryder and James Franco. Franco is a former student of Anania's, who teaches directing at NYU.[1] The pair previously collaborated on Shadows and Lies. In 2012, it was announced that Lionsgate purchased the distribution rights to the film, which was retitled The Letter.[2][3] The film got its first theatrical showing at the Cincinnati Film Festival on September 9, 2012.[4]

The Letter
The Letter 2012 film poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Jay Anania
Produced by Vince Jolivette
Marni Zelnick
Written by Jay Anania
Starring Winona Ryder
James Franco
Music by Arvo Pärt
Cinematography Bradley Schmidt
Release date
  • September 9, 2012 (2012-09-09) (Cincinnati Film Festival)
Country United States
Language English



A playwright, Martine (Ryder), suffers from paranoia and hallucations as she attempts to stage a new production. She is uncertain over whether she is deluded or if there is a plot against her. Tyrone (Franco) is an actor in Martine's new play.[5]



  1. ^ 'The Stare': James Franco, Winona Ryder In New Film The Huffington Post. 18 April 2011
  2. ^ "NARIP at SAE New York - SAE New York". 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  3. ^ Benardello, Karen (2012-02-25). "Interview: Marin Ireland Talks The Understudy". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  4. ^ Cincinnati Film Festival scheduled 11 August 2012
  5. ^ James Franco and Winona Ryder cast in 'The Stare' The Independent. 20 April 2011

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