Cannes ’15: Amy Winehouse is a star born again in new doc trailer and clip


Kurt Cobain isn’t the only music genius who died too young to have their life story turned into a documentary this year. Asif Kapadia, who previously cobbled together hundreds of footage for the stellar Senna, now turned his eyes to Cannes for his latest doc about British R&B singer Amy Winehouse, Amy.

We first got a look at the film via a teaser several months back, but since its debut at Cannes this week as part of a special midnight showing, Amy received its first full trailer and clip before its July 3 release.

The film has also come under some fire from Winehouse’s family for presumed inaccuracies, prompting Kapadia at the Cannes press conference to fire back.“I’m not pointing the finger, I’m just saying this is really complicated,” Kapadia said at Cannes via The Film Stage. “But there are issues, and there are maybe things that could have been done differently. It’s turning the mirror on everyone, saying, we’re all slightly to blame, complicit, a part of this system — this circus — that it became.”

Check out the trailer, clip and full synopsis below:

From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.

A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense – she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era.

Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

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