Entertainment One is proud to have three films, ranging from a music documentary through to a drama about redemption, included in the line up at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. These being an incredibly moving and insightful documentary about the late Amy Winehouse, aptly titled AMY. Woody Allen’s romantic dramedy IRRATIONAL MAN, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, and screening In Competition – Gus Van Sant’s SEA OF TREES – a story of salvation starring Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey.
AMY will have its World Premiere at Cannes by way of a midnight screening at the festival. From the BAFTA-winning team behind the acclaimed documentary Senna, AMY tells the story, in megastar Amy Winehouse’s own uncensored words and actions, of a young woman from London who came of age in the public eye, and whose genius and artistry propelled her into a celebrity she could never truly come to terms with. Unrivalled in scope and depth, the Senna team have been granted interviews with Amy’s family members, close friends and colleagues, as well as access to never-before-seen archival footage. AMY will release in Australian cinemas on July 2, 2015.
Next up, Woody Allen’s IRRATIONAL MAN sees Emma Stone reunite with Allen following on from her enchanting comic turn in Magic in the Moonlight. As with Blue Jasmine, Allen returns to his homeland for his latest project with the film set on a small-town-American college campus. Joaquin Phoenix plays a philosophy professor in an existential crisis when a relationship with his student (played by Stone), gives his life new purpose. IRRATIONAL MAN will release in Australian cinemas on August 20, 2015.
Screening In Competition will be SEA OF TREES. From acclaimed director Gus Van Sant and starring Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, it is a deeply moving portrait of the destructive, redemptive and healing nature of love. McConaughey plays Arthur Brennan, a man who has lost his way in life and travels to the ‘Sea of Trees’, a dense forest lapping the foothills of Japan’s Mount Fuji, also known as the ‘Suicide Forest’. In the thick of the forest Arthur meets a man (Watanabe), with whom he embarks on a journey of reflection, and ultimately, a way out. SEA OF TREES will release in cinemas in 2015.
The 68th Cannes Film Festival runs from May 13 – 24, 2015.