Archive of films Amy / Amy
2015, 127 min
Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
The creator of a gripping documentary on legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna has returned five years later with a portrait of Amy Winehouse. In her short, tumultuous life, the singer made an indelible mark on the history of popular music before the demons of dependence put an end to her career at age 27.
The creator of a gripping documentary on legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna has returned five years on with a portrait of Amy Winehouse. In her short, tumultuous life, the singer made an indelible mark on the history of popular music before the demons of dependence put an end to her career at age 27. “Her dream was to do this sort of show, to play in jazz clubs to small audiences. She had one of the most pure relationships to music. Such an emotional relationship to music. She needed music as if it was a person. And she would die for it,” pianist Sam Beste says of her. But dream and reality rarely share the same stage, and so crucial encounters in her personal life drew the six-time Grammy winner away from the plans she had made. Buffeted by love’s harsh winds, casting longing looks at the bottom of a just-finished bottle, looking forward to another flight of drug fancy. Sensitive and perceptive – and just too vulnerable. Thus the documentary’s take on a singer blessed with a unique soul-jazz voice, and it leaves us with the same inner sadness that permeated her entire life.
About the director
Asif Kapadia (b. 1972, London) studied filmmaking at the Royal College of Art. His first success came with the short film The Sheep Thief (1997), which won 2nd Prize Cinéfondation at the Cannes IFF. He has shot three features: The Warrior (2001 – Horizons at KVIFF 2002), The Return (2006), and Far North (2007). But his biggest draw thus far has been the documentary Senna (2010). This riveting portrait of the legendary F1 driver became the highest grossing UK documentary of all time, winning two BAFTAs and the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance 2011. His sure directorial hand, captivating audiences with the help of surgically precise script development, can also be seen in the portrait Amy (2015), which world premiered at this year’s Cannes IFF. At present Kapadia is preparing his fourth feature, Ali and Nino.
About the film
|Section:||Documentary Films - Out of Competition|
|Production:||On The Corner Films|
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