Directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees, the documentary chronicles the many hills and valleys of the British singer/songwriter’s short life and career, with rare archival footage and previously unheard tracks.
Winehouse struggled long and hard with alcohol and drug addiction and died too soon in 2011 at the age of 27. Her second and final studio album, the timeless and soulful “Back to Black,” won her five Grammys in 2006.
Cannes reviews have been glowing. “Boasting the same depth of feeling and breadth of archival material that made Kapadia’s Senna so rewarding, this immersive portrait will hit hard with viewers who regard Winehouse among the great lost voices not just of a generation, but of an entire musical genre,” wrote Variety.
Focus Features International first previewed the documentary at Cannes 2013, and the film’s July 3 theatrical release in the UK coincides with the fourth anniversary of Winehouse’s death.
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Kapadia previously directed the pulse-pounding Formula One doc “Senna,” earning the filmmaker critical kudos and two BAFTA awards.
“Amy” plays Cannes on Saturday, May 16.