An untitled documentary about the life and career of Amy Winehouse is heading to the Cannes Film Market. Focus Features International, a division of Universal, will be shopping the film to foreign buyer’s at next month’s event.
The film was directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees.
“This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in in a way that very few films can,” Kapadia and Gay-Rees said. “Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention; she wrote and sung from the heart, and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationship, her global success and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.
Winehouse was a Grammy-winning artist who took the world by storm with her second album “Back to Black” in 2006. The album has sold more than 12 million copies around the world. Winehouse died in 2011 after suffering alcohol poisoning.