Village, The (film) In 1897 a close-knit community lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. The evil and foreboding force is so unnerving that none dare venture beyond the borders of the village and into the woods. But when curious, headstrong Lucius Hunt plans to step beyond the boundaries of the town and into the unknown, his bold move threatens to forever change the future of the village. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. A Touchstone Picture. Released on July 30, 2004. Stars Joaquin Phoenix (Lucius Hunt), Bryce Dallas Howard (Ivy Walker), Adrien Brody (Noah Percy), William Hurt (Edward Walker), Sigourney Weaver (Alice Hunt), Brendan Gleeson (August Nicholson). 108 min. Bryce Dallas Howard is the daughter of producer Ron Howard. Filmed in and around Philadelphia. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Score (James Newton Howard). Released on video in 2005.