In a surprise turn of events, studio A24 has picked up the distribution rights for the Gus Van Sant directed drama The Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, and Naomi Watts.
The film based on Japan’s infamous suicide forest at the base of Mt. Fuji dubbed “the sea of trees.” A place where people travel from all over the world to comment suicide.
The film follows Matthew McConaughey's American character as he travels to said forest to do the unthinkable and then meets an injured man played by Watanabe, who he tries to help him out of the forest to safety.
The film famously premiered way back in early 2015 at Cannes Film Festival to horrendous critical reception and has since gotten delayed for release almost nearly a year and half later. Originally set to be distributed by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, those Studios had dropped the film completely until now.
The always amazing studio A24 apparently saw something in the film the other Studios didn't, and now distributing the film in theaters. Check out the new trailer below and sound off in the comments section with your thoughts on the upcoming controversial drama.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Matthew McConaughey stars as Arthur Brennan, an American professor who travels to Japan in the midst of a personal crisis. As he wanders through a mysterious forest with a dark past, he experiences flashbacks of his fraught but loving relationship with his wife, Joan (Naomi Watts), and meets an enigmatic stranger, Takumi (Ken Watanabe), who is lost and injured. Arthur devotes himself to saving Takumi and returning him home to safety, and the two embark on a spiritual, life-changing journey of friendship, discovery, and healing.
The Sea of Trees is set to hit theaters on August 26th.