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'Sollers Point,' from Baltimore's Matt Porterfield, to premiere at Spanish film festival next week

Baltimore filmmaker Matthew Porterfield watches actors as they rehearse a scene for "Sollers Point" behind Holiday House on Harford Road last summer.
Baltimore filmmaker Matthew Porterfield watches actors as they rehearse a scene for "Sollers Point" behind Holiday House on Harford Road last summer. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

"Sollers Point," the latest effort from Baltimore filmmaker Matt Porterfield, will have its world premiere at next week's San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain.

The movie, Porterfield's fourth feature, is the story of a small-time drug dealer under house arrest in his father's home, trying to work his way back into a community that isn't always welcoming — at least not in the right ways. Baltimore native McCaul Lombardi ("American Honey") plays the main character, Keith. Jim Belushi plays his father. The cast also includes Zazie Beetz (TV's "Atlanta").

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Like all of Porterfield's films, "Sollers Point" is set and was shot in the Baltimore area. The movie was shot in summer 2016, mostly in Dundalk but also in Turner Station, Fort Howard, Hamilton (the neighborhood where Porterfield grew up) and other locations. (The Baltimore Sun visited the set back in August 2016 — you can read about that here.)

Baltimore native's fourth feature is set in Dundalk and environs

The first public screening of "Sollers Point" is set for Wednesday at the festival, which runs Sept. 22-30. The film will be in competition for the festival's grand prize, the Golden Shell. Other films in contention include the latest from actor-director-producer James Franco ("The Disaster Artist"), German director Wim Wenders, Argentina's Diego Lerman, and the French duo of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, whose "Intouchables" was the among the highest-grossing French-language films ever.

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"Sollers Point" is also scheduled for screenings Oct. 13 and 14 at the Chicago International Film Festival. Future plans for the movie have yet to be announced.

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