Heaven Knows What
Filmfest 2015

German Age Rating

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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.

The script is based on a memoir written by leading actress Arielle Holmes. Sean Price Williams's cinematography expresses the clouded vision of kids who can't imagine how invisible they are to the New Yorkers who take their homes and jobs for granted. And the Safdie Brothers, in their toughest and richest movie, direct a cast composed largely of first-time actors so that they disappear into their characters, horrify us, and break our hearts.

tags: Relationship, Happiness, Love, Feature film

Cast: Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones, Eleonore Hendricks, Ron Braunstein, Yuri Pleskun


Screenplay: Ronald Bronstein

Original Material: Arielle Holmes

Director of Photography: Sean Price Williams

Film Editor: Ronald Bronstein, Ben Safdie

Production Designer: Audrey Turner

Costume Design: Lexan Rosser

Sound: Jackie Westfall

Producer: Mourad Belkeddar

Production Company: Iconoclast

Co-Producer: Charles-Marie Anthonioz

Co-Production Company: Iconoclast

World Sales: Stray Dogs

Director: Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie