River Phoenix's last movie Dark Blood has received a rare screening at the Berlin film festival.
But its director - who had previously asked River's brother Joaquin to do the voiceover for River's character - says the picture may never go out for general release.
George Sluizer told reporters that negotiations with the financial company that owns the movie are "tough" because "they don't care about culture, they care about money."
The star died of a drug overdose in October 1993 before filming on Dark Blood, co-starring Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce, was completed. He stars as a young widower living in the Arizona desert who takes a couple prisoner.
The director finished the movie last year by using voice-over narrative for some of the missing scenes.
The movie, first shown in the Netherlands last year, is running out of competition at the 63rd Berlinale.