CICAE Art Cinema Award, Section Orizzonti at 71st Venice Film Festival goes to HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT by Josh and Ben Safdie
The CICAE – the International Confederation of Art Cinemas – is pleased to announce that the CICAE Art Cinema Award for the best film in competition in the Orizzonti section at the 71st Venice Film Festival goes to “Heaven knows what” by Josh and Ben Safdie.
The international jury, composed of Tobias Eckhard, Kino Traumstern Lich, Germany, Aidan Celeste St. James Cavalier Valletta, Malta and Sabah Benziadi, Multisala Badia Grande Sciacca, Italy have unanimously selected this film.
“John and Ben Safdie have made an important film adapted from the novel “Mad love in New York City” by Arielle Holmes. With this tight, authentic and definitely controversial film the Safdie brothers explore New York’s drug scene. Through the cast, composed of professional actors as well as real young addicts discovered on the streets of New York, the film gains a realistic touch, without keeping its distance with the public as usually happens in documentaries. An excellent and brutal electronic soundtrack gives this film its direction straight from the beginning.”
While you sleep soundly in your bed, the night lepers lord the streets of New York City, lusting after the highest high. Harley “homeless” Holmes is their patron saint, caught in the throws of perpetual extremes. On one corner, her malevolent lover demands a bloodletting. On another, a dope dealer kindly offers her free transfusions. How much ebb and flow can a young heart take before bursting into oblivion? The film is based on the real-life stories of Arielle Holmes documented in her forthcoming memoir Mad Love in New York City. (labiennale.org)
USA/ France 2014, 94′
Director: John Safdie, Benny Safdie
From the novel Mad Love in New York City
Screenplay: Josh Safdie, Ronald Bronstein
Editors: Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie
Caleb Landry Jones
Benjamin Antoine Hampton
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