Addiction Hits Hard in Red Band Trailer for 'Heaven Knows What'

March 16, 2015
Source: Radius-TWC

Heaven Knows What

Drug addiction has been explored countless times on the big screen, but we may have never seen a story so grimy, brutal and intense as what seems to be on display in the red band trailer for Heaven Knows What. Directed by Josh & Benny Safdie, this film looks like a raw glimpse into the true story of a young woman who lived an unbelievable life addicted to drugs on the streets of New York City. The trailer itself is a bit trippy, giving just a taste of what the film might be like to experience as we follow Harley (Arielle Holmes acting out her real-life story) and her harrowing addiction. This one could be really hard to actually watch.

Here's the red band trailer for Josh & Benny Safdie's Heaven Knows What from Radius-TWC:

Heaven Knows What

Heaven Knows What is directed by Josh & Benny Safdie (Lenny Cooke, Daddy Longlegs), who co-wrote the script with Ronald Bronstein. Harley loves Ilya. He gives her life purpose, sets her passion ablaze. So when he asks her to prove her love by slitting her wrists, she obliges with only mild hesitation, perhaps because of her other all-consuming love: heroin. Arielle Holmes plays Harley in the film based on her real-life story of l'amour fou, heroin addiction, and scraping by on the streets of NYC. Caleb Landry Jones co-stars as Ilya in the film that played Venice, NYFF, Toronto, Tokyo and more. Radius-TWC releases sometime this year.

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  • Is this like Kids without the skateboards?
    • Nielsen700
      No AIDS either it looks like, but you never know.
    That must have been cathartic as Hell for the actress.
    • I don't know about that... Cathartic may not be the best word. She lived the story... Then wrote a book about it... Now she has relived it all a 3rd time by playing herself in the movie. Sounds like the definition of insanity,,, pretty dam crazy.
  • So this going right to OnDemand? Theaters? Limited? there is no info about the release of this film.
    • That's because there's no release date or distribution plan set. Radius-TWC is distributing but we don't know when or how. If we did, it would be in the second paragraph just like when we post any other trailer.
  • Nielsen700
    The film might be good, but this trailer is trying way too hard to be edgy.
  • cuckoozey
    Interesting concept, here's hoping that ill-conceived dubstep trailer isn't indicative of the film's vibe. Seems like the trailer's makers were going for a Spring Breakers vibe there, but the material seems a bit more serious.
    • Panzerknecker
      It's hardcore, not dubstep. (not a fan of either myself)
  • shiboleth
    I don't know... Never had problem with drugs, with narcotics... Incredible lust for sex, that's always my game and everlasting obsession ... That's probably not much for people interested in this film. Of course, I understand, this can be a real story, a real problem for someone, but just don't feel anything for it...
    • Panzerknecker
      Cool bro.
  • Jamie Holmes
    Looks like a real "feel good film".




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