Fans of the Oscar-winning director Andrea Arnold (“Wuthering Heights”) can now get a glimpse at her newest feature, which also happens to be her first one filmed in the U.S., “American Honey.”
Starring newcomer Sasha Lane as Star, the film centers on her troubled life after she runs away with a traveling group and sells magazine subscriptions door-to-door. Star then meets Jake, played by Shia LaBeouf, a member of a group of teenagers who party hard, break the rules and lead tumultuous lifestyles. Young love and difficult life choices are depicted in the British director’s latest, which she also wrote. Riley Keough co-stars.
The drama is produced by Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg, Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa.The entire film was shot on location in the Midwest and is said to feature a soundtrack that includes a diverse group of musicians such as E-40, Fetty Wap, Bruce Springsteen and Kevin Gates. “We spent over a year street-casting for the cast, clocked over 12,000 miles on the road to capture the film as Andrea imagined it,” producer Knudsen told Variety back in January of this year.
“American Honey” will be screened at Cannes next month, where it will compete in the Official Selection. Arnold previously served on the festival’s competition jury in 2012, and won the Cannes Jury Prize for her films “Fish Tank” and “Red Road.”
The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival takes place May 11 – 22.