Andrea Arnold‘s indie “American Honey” had an explosive — and divisive — premiere at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. And the first trailer for the A24 release suggests a road movie as directed by a latter-day Larry Clark.
Newcomer Sasha Lane stars as Star, an adolescent girl from a troubled home, runs away with a traveling sales crew who drive across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door.
Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group’s lifestyle of hard-partying nights, law-bending days, and young love. The cast also includes Riley Keough (“Mad Max: Fury Road”).
Parts & Labor, Pulse Films and ManDown Pictures produced “American Honey,” which was co-developed by Film 4 and jointly financed by Maven Pictures’ new film fund, BFI and Film 4.
Arnold, an Oscar winner in 2005 for her short film “Wasp,” shot the film entirely on location in the American Midwest. The British writer-director’s previous credits include 2009’s “Fish Tank” and 2011’s “Wuthering Heights.”
The movie features a varied soundtrack that includes such artists as Rihanna, Calvin Harris, E-40, Kevin Gates, Fetty Wap, Bruce Springsteen and others who captured the year 2015 in music.
A24 is expected to release “American Honey” later this year. Watch the trailer above.