“Heaven Knows What,” from filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie, had its world premiere at Venice before screening in Toronto. Radius plans to open the film in the second quarter.
The film follows a young heroin addict (Arielle Holmes) who finds love on the streets of New York. It’s based on Holmes’ soon-to-be-published memoir “Mad Love in New York City” and co-stars Caleb Landry-Jones.
The film is a co-production between Iconoclast Films and Elara Pictures, a new production company recently formed by the Safdies together with Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson. Ronald Bronstein and Josh Safdie wrote the screenplay.
Executive producers are Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Jean Duhamel and Nicolas Lhermitte.
The film plays later this month in competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Variety‘s Scott Foundas said in his Venice review that the film was “excitingly alive.”