British director’s new film “American Honey” said he had discovered a “different America” in his research for crude drama, and was surprised by the poverty he had witnessed.
Andrea Arnold’s film, competing for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, follows a group of teenagers who travel across America trying to make money selling magazine subscriptions.
As the ‘crew mag’ going door to door trying to convince anyone coming through register and give them money, “American Honey” shows the contrast between the lives of young people and people often rich gather the doors.
Acclaimed filmmaker Arnold, known for his unflinching depictions of life in Britain with movies like “Fish Tank” and “Red Road” travel time across the United States to prepare for his latest project.
“I could see a lot when as I was traveling and I got quite upset by some of the cities I went to, some of the poverty I saw,” he told a press conference on Sunday before the screening of his film at Cannes.
“It seemed very different to me than in the UK because when people have no money that can not get healthcare and they can not do things like going to the dentist and things like that, and that kind of thing really struck me. “
Among the cast is mostly unknown American Shia LaBeouf, the “Indiana Jones” and “Transformers” star said he has firsthand experience growing up in a poor village.
“This is not new information to me, so it’s not like I discovered that – in Bakersfield, where my father lived for a time the only thing there is a prison that you know what everyone works in prison, if that is not new information that I am part of that under class, “he said.
“American Honey” is one of 21 films in the running for the top prize at Cannes.