Amy Winehouse Documentary Headed to Cannes

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Using never-before-seen archival footage, the untitled film will recount the recording artist’s life and career; Focus Features International will shop the high-profile project to foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market.

Universal Music and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia are teaming to bring the story of Amy Winehouse‘s life and career to the big screen.

Focus Features International, a division within the Universal empire, will shop the high-profile project to foreign buyers at next month’s Cannes Film Market.

“This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in in a way that very few films can,” said Kapadia and Gay-Rees.

“Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention; she wrote and sung from the heart, and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us,” they added.

Winehouse rose to international fame with her second album, Back to Black, which has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide since its release in 2006. The English artist died in 2011 of alcohol poisoning.

“Asif and James have the remarkable ability to bring a moving and thought-provoking story to life, as evidenced by Senna. We look forward to seeing their vision of Amy Winehouse,” Focus International co-president Alison Thompson said.

The untitled Winehouse doc reunites Kapadia with producer James Gay-Rees; they worked together on the 2010 award-winning doc Senna, which recounts the life and death of Brazilian car-racing champion Ayrton Senna.

“There’s another part to her character and persona very few people knew about, and that was her gentleness and warm-heartedness,” says Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, noting that his daughter often took care of homeless people and needy children.

The National Documentary ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ to Open NYC Tribeca Film Festival

Matt Berninger of the National.  - Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns

Matt Berninger of the National. – Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns

Via Rolling Stone
Singer’s younger brother chronicles Brooklyn’s band on tour

February 28, 2013

Mistaken for Strangers, the new documentary chronicling life on the road with the National will open this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 17th, with a performance from the National to follow the premiere. The film is the project of Tom Berninger, who is the brother of the National’s singer Matt Berninger.

“We’re really happy to premiere this movie at Tribeca, as New York has been home to us for these past 15 years,” Matt Berninger said in a statement. “I was happy to give my brother whatever access he needed. I just didn’t expect this movie to include shower scenes.”

“Now more than ever before, it feels like there’s a real fear of being emotional in songs,” says the National frontman. “Music seems so desperate to be cool. There’s something really brave about songwriters who open up and say sentimental things. It’s really difficult to do well – I’ve attempted it, and they’re the hardest kind of songs to write.” ~ Matt Berninger frontman of the National