From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el cast Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA twigs makes her feature acting debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har’el’s feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as therapy and imagination as hope.

Around The World in 14 Films 2019, presented by Susanne Bieger


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OT: Honey Boy
Director: Alma Har’el
Screenplay: Shia LaBeouf
Country: USA 2019
Production: Stay Gold Features, Kindred Spirit, Red Crown Productions, Automatik, Delirio
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe
Length: 95 min.
Language: English OV
Distribution Germany: Sony
Festivals: Sundance, Toronto, Bergen, London, Mumbai, Stockholm, Rio, Taipeh, Los Cabos, Rom etc.
Awards: Sundance Spezial Jury Preis, Hollywood Film Awards Screenwriter of the Year