NYFF: Radius Nabs Docudrama 'Heaven Knows What'

Heaven Knows What Venice Still - H 2014
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Heaven Knows What Venice Still - H 2014

Josh and Benny Safdie's film stars Arielle Holmes as a young heroin addict

Radius has acquired U.S. rights to Heaven Knows What ahead of its screening at the New York Film Festival Thursday.

Radius is planning a second quarter 2015 release for the film, which is directed by Josh and Benny Safdie and blends fiction, formalism and raw documentary.

The story centers on a young heroin addict (Arielle Holmes) who finds mad love in the streets of New York. It also stars Caleb Landry-Jones and features street legend Buddy Duress and gore rapper Necro. 

From a screenplay by Ronald Bronstein and Josh Safdie,  Heaven Knows What first premiered at the Venice Film Festival before screening in Toronto. At Venice, THR's critic wrote of the film: "Following their detour into unconventional sports documentary with Lenny Cooke, the sibling filmmaker team returns to the scruffy aesthetic, raw authenticity and unstrung characters of their first feature, Daddy Longlegs."

The film is a co-production between Iconoclast Films and Elara Pictures, the latter of which is a new production company recently formed by the Safdies together with Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson. The executive producers are Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Jean Duhamel and Nicolas Lhermitte

The deal was negotiated by Radius co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.