Dakota Fanning in The Motel LifeWith an excellent leading trio in the form of Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, and Stephen Dorff, The Motel Life is certainly a drama to look out for next year.

The film will be screening as part of the Rome Film Festival, which kicks off in earnest on Friday, and ahead of its debut, half a dozen first-look images have made their way online, giving us a great look at Fanning, Hirsch, and Dorff.

“The Motel Life explores the intense bond between two brothers living on the fringes of Reno, Nevada. Orphaned early, they grew up depending on their big imaginations to escape the challenges of their transient life. When one of the brothers is involved in a fatal accident, it forces both of them to chose between running away or facing reality. It is a story of brotherhood, shared dreams and the redemptive power of hope.”

The film marks the directorial debuts of brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky, who have served as producers on the films Bad Lieutenant and Little Birds, and who earned an Emmy nominations for producing the TV documentary, His Way.

The Polsky brothers are directing from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, both making their feature writing debuts, adapting the original novel by Willy Vlautin.

The Motel Life will be making its debut in Rome, and with a bit of luck, we’ll soon be hearing good things surrounding its distribution on both sides of the Atlantic. For now, here are the first images from the film, which you can click through to enlarge.