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Shortly before his death, Williams spoke highly of Boulevard, in which he plays a closeted gay man who picks up a hustler (played by actor Roberto Aguire), describing it as “a beautiful, sad movie.” Last year, however, it seemed that the film directed by Dito Montiel might never be released in theaters. It screened during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York and Outfest in Los Angeles shortly before Williams took his own life in August 2014, but the feature struggled to find a distributor.
“This is one of the kindest characters Williams has ever played, which makes his self-imposed turmoil — the consequence of not wanting to hurt anyone, least of all his wife — all the more tragic,” Peter Debruge writes in a review for Variety.
Now, Starz Digital has picked up the North American rights to Boulevard, and it plans to release the film July 17, 2015. “Boulevard is a complex, life-affirming and surprising film and Robin’s final performance is absolutely remarkable,” Kevin Kasha, head of acquisitions for Starz, told EW.
“We are very excited about partnering with Starz Digital to get this beautiful movie out there,” said producer Monica Aguirre Diez Barroso. “Through Boulevard, Dito was able to capture Robin Williams at his best.”