The 72nd Cannes Film Festival is kicking off today and we’ve received some new photos from Minamata, starring Johnny Depp, and Axis Sally, starring Al Pacino. Both films are being sold at the annual fest.
Directed by Andrew Levitas from a script by David K. Kessler, Minamata also stars Bill Nighy, Minami, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Ryo Kase and Jun Kunimura. The film is based on the book by Aileen Mioko Smith and W. Eugene Smith.
With the glory days of World War II far behind him W. Eugene Smith (Depp) has become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career. But an old friend and a commission from “Life Magazine” editor (Nighy) convinces him to journey back to Japan to expose a big story: the devastating annihilation of a coastal community, victims of corporate greed and complicit local police and government. Armed with only his trusted camera, Smith must gain the trust of this struggling community and find the images that will bring the story to the World. The victims’ case against the corporation responsible for this environmental disaster represents one of the biggest payouts of all time, with present day sufferers of Minamata disease still in court today seeking compensation.
The producers are Johnny Depp and Sam Sarkar for Infinitum Nihil, Andrew Levitas under his Metalwork Pictures banner and Gabrielle Tana. HanWay Films is handling international sales.
Axis Sally is directed by Michael Polish and stars Meadow Williams and Al Pacino. The producers are Randall Emmett and George Furla.
Highland Film Group is handling international sales in Cannes on the biopic following the trial of American entertainer Mildred Gillars (Meadow Williams) known as “Axis Sally.”