The first official clip from Gust Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees” has landed just days before the soul-searching drama makes its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The “Good Will Hunting” director has assembled a prestigious cast for his latest project, including Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts, and the film will compete for the Palme d’Or on the Croisette this year.
McConaughey stars as Arthur Brennan, a man who treks to Japan’s famous Aokigahara forest in order to commit suicide. As the clip above teases, Arthur runs into a distressed Japanese man (Watanabe) who has also lost his way both in life and the woods, and the film follows their journey of self-reflection and survival.
“The Sea of Trees” debuts at Cannes this Saturday. The drama has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.