MINAMATA

By Andrew LEVITAS

THE FESTIVAL AGENCY (PARIS) - as FEST

Environmental - Completed 2019


Festivals
& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2020
Special Gala
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Environmental, True Story, Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Director(s)
    • Andrew LEVITAS
    • Writer(s)
    • David K. KESSLER
    • Producer(s)
    • Johnny DEPP, Andrew LEVITAS, Gabrielle TANA, Sam SARKAR
    • Synopsis
    • Three-time Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp plays celebrated war photographer W. Eugene Smith in a real life David vs Goliath story, pitting Smith against a powerful corporation responsible for poisoning the people of Minamata, Japan in 1971.

      With the glory days of World War II far behind him, Smith has become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career. But an old friend and a commission from “Life"" Magazine editor Ralph Graves, convince him to journey back to Japan to expose the devastating annihilation of a coastal community, victims of corporate greed and complicit local police and government.

      Armed with only his trusted Nikon camera, Smith must find the images that will bring this story to the World. At first, no one wants to help him and there's a new threat at every corner. But to finally stop hiding behind the lens and earn this broken community’s trust may prove to be Smith’s greatest challenge.

      MINAMATA is a moving redemptive story of how one man's powerful photograph impacted the world, yet in order to find it he had to open his heart.