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Festival De Cannes Sélection Officielle: American Honey

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American Honey

Andrea Arnold

United Kingdom, United States

SUMMARY

Our very own British Andrea Arnold has crafted a well-received American tale, both vast in its exploration of various states it roams through but also claustrophobic in its young cast cooped up in a white minivan. A somewhat open-ended American road trip if you like, displayed in a tight format ratio. The largely unknown cast, apart from Shia LaBeouf, impress, limelight shining brightest on Sasha Lane as the central character Star – reminiscent of the marvelous discovery Katie Jarvis in Arnold’s Fish Tank. Praise too for Robbie Ryan’s vivid photography, also proving himself a talent with the work with Ken Loach. To add, Arnold worked hard to get the rights to the songs to fill her movie with her chosen tunes from her own script. The director has found another gear with her tale of young restless misfits in America.

COMPETITION PROSPECTS

Actress Sasha Lane must be on cloud nine with the plaudits she is getting. One of the hardest prizes to call at Cannes is Screenplay, but Arnold is a contender. Also, she has won the Jury Prize for both her only previous films in Cannes with Red Road and Fish Tank. Has anyone else picked up 3 consecutive Jury Prizes?

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