Josh and Benny Safdie, who directed last year's doc “Lenny Cooke,” have several new ventures
Josh and Benny Safdie, the New York filmmakers behind 2010's “Daddy Longlegs” and 2008's “The Pleasure of Being Robbed,” have wrapped production on their latest film, “Heaven Knows What.”
A hybrid picture that blends documentary and narrative, “Heaven” features Arielle Holmes, a kid the filmmaker brothers met on the subway, playing a fictionalized version of herself. She'll star alongside Caleb Landry Jones (“X-Men: First Class”) in a story about “a young vagabond couple in New York City battling addiction amidst a manic love affair.”
The film was produced by Iconoclast Films, which was behind last year's breakout hit “Spring Breakers” from Harmony Korine.
Going forward, the Safdie Brothers, along with Sebastian Bear-McClard and producer Oscar Boyson (“Francis Ha”) will produce films under a new studio banner, Elara Pictures.
The new venture plans on producing several films a year, which they hope will be “strong-headed films where complete creative control is given to each singular director.”