Focus International will sell the Asif Kapadia and Universal Music co-project at Cannes Film Festival
The late British songstress Amy Winehouse will be the subject of a documentary film from director Asif Kapadia and Universal Music. Focus Features International announced the project Wednesday and said it will shop the untitled project to foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market in May.
Winehouse rose to international fame with her second album, Back to Black, which has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide since its release in 2006. She died in 2011 of alcohol poisoning.
The project will reunite Kapadia with producer James Gay-Rees, with whom he worked on the 2010 documentary "Senna," which recounted the life and death of Brazilian auto racing champion Ayrton Senna.
“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,” said Kapadia and Gay-Rees.
“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. As a society we celebrated her huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us," they added.
Focus International Co-President Alison Thompson said she was looking forward to seeing their vision of the singer.
“Asif and James have the remarkable ability to bring a moving and thought-provoking story to life, as evidenced by 'Senna'," she said.
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