Heaven Knows What

Director: Josh and Benny Safdie

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2014

Winner CICAE Award Venice Winner Grand Prix Tokyo

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Directed by celebrated filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie (Lenny Cooke, Daddy Longlegs), HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT blends fiction, formalism and raw vérité as it follows a young heroin addict (Arielle Holmes, in a tour de force performance) living on the streets of New York and her highly charged relationship with her boyfriend, Ilya (Caleb Landry-Jones X-Men: First Class, Antiviral). The film—which world premiered at Venice (where it won the CICAE award) and subsequently played NYFF, Toronto and SXSW among other prestigious festivals—is based on Holmes’ memoir Mad Love in New York City.

DVD and Blu-ray Bonus features: “A Hot Two Weeks” – The Making of Heaven Knows What; Deleted scenes; “I Need A Minute” music video by Ariel Pink; Theatrical trailer

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Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones, Buddy Duress, Necro, Eleonore Hendricks


Director: Josh and Benny Safdie


Josh Safdie, Ronald Bronstein

Inspired by a book written by Arielle Holmes


Sebastian Bear-McClard, Oscar Boyson

Editor:  Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein

Cinematographer:  Sean Price Williams


Paul Grimstad, Ariel Pink

Also featuring the music of Isao Tomita

Production Details

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2014

Language:  English

Duration:  94 minutes

Shooting gauge:  Digital

Original aspect ratio:  1.85:1


  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  29th April 2016

DVD Release Date:  23rd January 2017

Also available on Blu-Ray:  23rd January 2017

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