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Amy Winehouse Documentary Planned by ‘Senna’ Director

Focus to begin sales on Asif Kapadia film at Cannes

Senna” director Asif Kapadia is developing an untitled documentary on the late singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse with Focus Features introducing the project to buyers at Cannes.

Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, five years after rising to international fame with her “Back to Black” album.

Senna” producer James Gay-Rees will produce through Playmaker Films, Gay-Rees and Kapadia’s new production entity. The film will be co-produced by Universal Music.

“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,” Kapadia and Gay-Rees said. “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.”

Kapadia also directed the 2001 feature “The Warrior,” starring Irrfan Khan.

The Focus slate at Cannes will also include “Kill the Messenger,”  Mike Leigh’s film about painter J.M.W. Turner; Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” psychological thriller “Oculus,” John Crowley’s “Closed Circuit” and Ruairi Robinson’s thriller “The Last Days on Mars,” which is world-premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight.

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