Thursday, September 24

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Heaven Knows What


The DocYard presents HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT

Directors Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie in Attendance for Q&A!

Details: 2015, USA, 94 min
Director: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie
Synopsis: Harley loves Ilya. He gives her life purpose and sets her passion ablaze. So, when he asks her to prove her love by slitting her wrists, she obliges with only mild hesitation, perhaps because of her other all-consuming love: heroin.

Directed by celebrated filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie (LENNY COOKE, DADDY LONGLEGS), HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT blends fiction, formalism and raw vérité as it follows a young heroin addict (Arielle Holmes) who finds mad love in the streets of New York. The film—which world premiered at Venice (where it won the CICAE award) and subsequently played NYFF, Toronto and SXSW among other prestigious festivals—is based on Holmes’ soon-to-be-published memoir Mad Love in New York City. Co-starring Caleb Landry-Jones (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, BYZANTIUM), HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT also features street legend Buddy Duress and gore rap phenom Necro.

Inspired by a memoir written by Arielle Holmes.

Winner of the Grand Prix and Best Director award at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival. Official Selection of the 2014 Venice Film Festival, 2015 Independent Film Festival Rotterdam and 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

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“This is an exciting, creative and exhilarating jolt of cinema, and one of the more perfect “small gems” to arrive for some time.” – The Guardian

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  • Thursday 9/24 at 7:00 PM

Tickets $11 General Public, $9 Members & Students; Brattle passes not accepted.