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American Honey

Panorama | Special Presentations

When the parent-less teenager Star (hypnotizing newcomer Sasha Lane), saddled with the responsibility of caring for two pre-teen siblings in Nowheresville, Middle America, sees a chance to escape her situation, she seizes it: she joins forces with a young, itinerant and rowdy door-to-door sales gang led by the shifty Jake (Shia LeBeouf, a force to be reckoned with) and his untrusting girlfriend Krystal (Riley Keough). Hopping into their dilapidated van, she’s off—and the stage is set for a music-fuelled On the Road, as these lovers of EDM, partying and guiltless sex traverse the landscape in the search for something they can’t even name. For Star, who is front and centre throughout, it becomes a search for a self amongst the ruins…

“Part dreamy millennial picaresque, part distorted tapestry of Americana and part exquisitely illustrated iTunes musical, American Honey daringly commits only to the loosest of narratives… Yet it’s constantly, engrossingly active, spinning and sparking and exploding in cycles like a Fourth of July Catherine wheel… Every technical contribution here, from Joe Bini’s wild, whirligig editing to the relentlessly switching, swarming soundtrack—covering every contemporary pop base from glassily futuristic hip-hop to the warm cornbread country of Lady Antebellum’s title-inspiring ballad, beautifully deployed here as an unabashedly sentimental singalong—serves Arnold’s vision with blazing commitment to the cause.”—Guy Lodge, Variety

Jury Prize, Cannes 16

Director Andrea Arnold
Country of Origin: UK/USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 162 mins
Format: DCP
Cast: Sasha Lane, Riley Keough, Shia LaBeouf, Raymond Coalson, Chad McKenzie Cox, Verronikah Ezell
Executive Producer: Rose Garnett, David Kosse, Ben Roberts, Lizzie Francke, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, Charlotte Ubben, Hardy Justice, Marisa Clifford, Paul Grindey, Mike Goodridge, Melissa Hook Shabazian
Producer: Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Pouya Shabazian, Alice Weinberg, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa
Screenwriter: Andrea Arnold
Cinematographer: Robbie Ryan
Editor: Joe Bini
Production Design: Kelly McGehee
Art Director: Lance Mitchell
Production Company: A24 / Maven Pictures / Film 4 / BFI / Parts & Labor / Pulse Films / Mandown Pictures
Print Source: Elevation Pictures

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