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United Kingdom / USA
2020, 115 min

Section: Horizons

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9D4 Saturday 28/8 13:00 Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre

New York, 1971. Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp), once a highly sought-after photographer, now lives as a recluse who prefers to stare into the bottom of his liquor bottle. But then an unexpected trip to the Japanese city of Minamata, where an unscrupulous corporation has been releasing untreated wastewater into the bay, brings new meaning to his life. Produced by Depp himself and finding firm ground in his persuasive performance, this drama speaks of the courage required to fight injustice, while considering the boundaries of journalistic ethics and much else besides.


Synopsis

New York, 1971. Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp), once a highly sought-after photographer, now lives as a recluse who prefers to stare into the bottom of his liquor bottle. Although his WWII reports captivated the world, his glory faded a long time ago. But then an unexpected trip to the Japanese city of Minamata, where an unscrupulous corporation has been releasing untreated wastewater into the bay, brings new meaning to his life. Produced by Depp himself and finding firm ground in his persuasive performance, this drama speaks of the courage required to fight injustice, while considering the boundaries of journalistic ethics and much else besides. It also looks back to a time when we knew precious little about climate change – a time when the desire to tackle environmental issues was even less widespread than it is today.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Andrew Levitas (1977, New York City). Filmography: Lullaby (2014), Minamata (2020).

Contacts

HanWay Films
8 Basing Street, W11 1ET, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 290 0750
E-mail: [email protected]
www: www.hanwayfilms.com

About the film

Color, Black & White, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Andrew Levitas
Screenplay: David K. Kessler, Stephen Deuters, Andrew Levitas, Jason Forman
Dir. of Photography: Benoît Delhomme
Music: Ryūichi Sakamoto
Editor: Nathan Nugent
Art Director: Tom Foden
Producer: Sam Sarkar, Kevan Van Thompson, Andrew Levitas, Johnny Depp
Production: Metalwork Pictures
Coproduction: Infinitum Nihil
Cast: Johnny Depp, Hiroyuki Sanada, Minami, Bill Nighy, Jun Kunimura, Ryo Kase, Tadanobu Asano, Akiko Iwase, Katherine Jenkins
Sales: HanWay Films

Guests

Johnny Depp

Actor / Producer / Musician

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