Heaven Knows What

Feature Film | USA 2014 | 94' | OV

An amour fou among junkies in New York. Harley loves Ilya. Ilya loves heroin above everything else. Harley tries to kill herself. She survives. Messes around with other men, always looking for the next fix. And still falls for Ilya again. “Heaven Knows What” is anything but an ordinary addiction drama. Directed by the Safdie brothers, Ben and Joshua (GO GET SOME ROSEMARY), this film owes its authenticity above all to the performance of Arielle Holmes, who was 19 years old when it was shot. She does not only play the lead, but also acts out her own story – with an unforgettable intensity. Josh Safdie encountered the young homeless girl at a New York subway station and was immediately taken by her charisma. HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT has made Holmes an overnight star and one of the most sought-after young actresses in the United States: she will next appear in a lead role alongside Shia LaBeouf in a drama directed by Oscar winner Andrea Arnold (WUTHERING HEIGHTS).

Directors
Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie
Script
Ronald Bronstein, Joshua Safdie
Producers
Sebastian Bear-McClard, Oscar Boyson, Jean Dathanat, Peter Farnsworth, Marie-Louise Khondji
Executive Producers
Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Jean Duhamel, Nicolas Lhermitte
Editors
Ronald Bronstein, Ben Safdie
Photography
Sean Price Williams
Music
Paul Grimstad, Ariel Pink
Sound
Gloria Pitagorsky
Production Design
Design: Audrey Turner
Principal Cast
Arielle Holmes, Buddy Duress, Ron Braunstein, Eleonore Hendricks, Caleb Landry Jones, Yuri Pleskun

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Selected filmography Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie

THE ADVENTURES OF SLATERS'S FRIEND (2005), GO GET SOME ROSEMARY (2009), JOHN'S GONE (2010), STRAIGHT HUSTLE (2011), THE BLACK BALLOON (2012), LENNY COOKE (2013)