Wednesday, June 29, 2016

'American Honey' trailer teases Andrea Arnold's Cannes favorite

In the past, the Cannes Film Festival has produced some of the best movies of the year with major awards season potential. Last year, films like Mad Max: Fury Road, Inside Out, Amy, and Son of Saul made their debut on the Croisette before going on to take home the gold in February at the Dolby Theatre. Other beloved films like Foxcatcher, No Country for Old Men, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, and Pulp Fiction have made their debut at the iconic festival, and every year, there seems to be at least a handful of films with breakout potential. Unfortunately, it seems like 2016 might just be a little different. Despite a solid amount of anticipated titles, most of the films ended up disappointing the notoriously picky Cannes crowd. The Nice Guys was well-received, but movies like Steven Spielberg's The BFG and Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon proved to be divisive. Overall, the awards buzz coming from the South of France this May was muted to say the least. One of the titles that emerged with the most acclaim was Andrea Arnold's American Honey, an epic, lengthy road trip movie through, you guessed it, America. The film was picked up at the fest by A24, and now, the studio has released the first trailer. Check it out below!

I didn't really know too much about this movie beyond some of the buzz from Cannes, but after one of the most impressive trailers in recent months, American Honey is definitely on my watchlist. This film looks like a pure slice of Americana, the kind of grounded teen movie that could really connect with my generation. The cast, filled with mostly unknowns, looks to give this film a sense of authenticity that is hard to come by these days. But I must say, it's great to see Shia Labeouf doing big things again after his strange hiatus over the past few years. I'm not familiar with Andrea Arnold's work, but if this film connects with the right branch of the Academy, I wouldn't be surprised if we kept hearing about this one throughout Oscar season.

With a cast that includes Sasha Lane, Shia Labeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi, Arielle Holmes, Crystal Ice, Will Patton, and Veronica Ezell, Andrea Arnold's American Honey will hit theaters in limited release on September 30.

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