Directed by: Alma Har'el
2019 | USA | 93 minutes
Saturday, May 9, 2020, 3pm
Saturday, May 9, 2020, 7pm
From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har'el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career.
LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har'el's feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope.
"Buoyed by sensitive and ferocious ensemble turns, Honey Boy is a cinematic salve for a tortured soul, in many regards a powerful vehicle for its star-screenwriter-subject and a vibrant narrative debut for documentary and video artist Har'el." - Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times
"I can't imagine what sort of emotional reckoning, not to mention courage and risk, was involved for LeBeouf to bare his soul - and his family's past - with such raw vulnerability, but the results are invigorating." - Rick Levin, Eugene Weekly