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Gus Van Sant’s ‘The Sea of Trees’ Goes to Roadside/Lionsgate Before Cannes Debut

Gus Van Sant's 'The Sea of Trees' Goes to Roadside/Lionsgate Before Cannes Debut

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Gus Van Sant’s drama “The Sea of Trees,” starring recent Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, has landed U.S. distribution with Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate ahead of its Cannes Film Festival premiere on May 16. The film is in competition for the Palme d’Or. Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe co-star.

Rumored to be more commercial than “Elephant,” the drama that won Van Sant the Palme d’Or and Best Director award at Cannes in 2003, “The Sea of Trees” — which boasts a Black List script by “Buried” scribe Chris Sparling — centers on a suicidal American (McConaughey), who travels to the “suicide forest” at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan with the intention to kill himself. Once there, he encounters a Japanese man (Watanabe) who’s there for the same reason.

Roadside and Lionsgate also distributed “Mud,” starring McConaughey.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

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