Though Alan Ball
’s latest film “Uncle Frank
” is not autobiographical, it is very personal, and it led him back to directing and back to film for the first time in over a decade. And in order to write this story, he had to get in touch with his roots.
“I’m a playwright, and I’m from the South, so I have an inner Tennessee Williams
, and over the years it took off and became ultimately what it is now, ‘Uncle Frank
,'” Ball said at TheWrap Studio in Sundance.
” is set in the South in the ’70s and follows a gay professor named Frank (Paul Bettany
) returning home for his father’s funeral as he grapples with the decision to come out as gay to his family. The film blends a coming-of-age story for Frank’s niece (Sophia Lillis
) with some road trip comedy and drama between Frank and his nurturing,