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Needle in a Haystack; RADiUS Comfort Safdie Bros.’ “Heaven Knows What”

After landing more audience “friendly” items in Ross Katz’ Adult Beginners and Richard LaGravenese’s The Last 5 Years, RADiUS’ Tom Quinn and Jason Janego have made their third pick-up of the Toronto Int. Film Festival (technically their first post-fest item) with a boundary-pushing/raw street film that blurs the lines between docu and fiction. After world preeming in Venice, and TIFF, the Safdie Bros.’ Heaven Knows What lands at NYFF tomorrow and will be pegged with a second quarter 2015 release.

Gist: Written by Ronald Bronstein and Josh Safdie, this is based on Arielle Holmes’ soon-to-be-published memoir Mad Love in New York City and tells the story of a vagabond couple in NYC battling addiction amidst a manic love affair.

Worth Noting:  Creative members of the Safdies collaborative include Ronald Brownstein, mutli-tasking actress Eleonore Hendricks and for a second outing, Sean Price Williams (Dp on Alex Ross Perry’s films).

Do We Care?: With a stop over in Venice, (we’ve been keeping tabs on the tandem since The Pleasure of Being Robbed and Go Get Some Rosemary aka Daddy Longlegs days) this might be the Safdies’ best work yet to date. Jordan labels the film as “an open-hearted, rawly bellicose realization of addiction has only been graced on celluloid but a handful of times, making the Safdie’s film a new exemplar of narcotic cinema for the ages.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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