Honey Boy

Alma Har’el, USA 2019, 93’
Polish premiere
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Do you remember the leader of the gang of young outcasts in American Honey? Or John McEnroe in Borg vs McEnroe? Or shy Jerome from the Nymphomaniac? Before Shia LaBeouf became a truly versatile actor (he is best known Transformers franchise) he shot a ton of tv shows, became a child-celebrity and was a son of an abusive father who preyed on his kid’s fame. Alma Har’el, Shia’s friend since they made a documentary entitled LoveTrue, in Honey Boy adapted his own screenplay based on his experience and cast him in the role of his own alcoholic father. Honey Boy can be thus seen as a high-end psychotherapy: it is hard to imagine a better treatment than recreating your own trauma in front of the camera? Some lucky people can afford it and get international accolades for it, too.

Urszula Śniegowska


Sundance FF 2019 - Special Jury Prize

Alma Har’el

Born in Israel in 1977. Alma Har'el is a film and music-video director. She earned acclaim with her debut film, Bombay Beach, a documentary about a spartan community in what is left of a former California resort. The film won the main prize at the Tribeca Festival in 2011, and Har'el was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the Truer Than Fiction category. She was educated in various places, including the famous Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab, which is very evident in her films.


2008 Paul Smith: The Reddest Herring (short doc.)

2009 Jack Peñate: Tonight's Today (video short)

2011 Bombay Beach (doc.)

2012 Sigur Rós: Fjögur píanó (video short)

2016 LoveTrue (doc.)

2019 Słodziak / Honey Boy

Cast & Crew

director Alma Har’el
screenplay Shia LaBeouf
cinematography Natasha Braier
editing Dominic LaPerriere, Monica Salazar
music Alex Somers
cast Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, Byron Bowers, Natasha Lyonne
producer Anita Gou, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Chris Leggett, Daniela Taplin Lundberg
production Automatik
sales UIP/Sony
language English
coloration colour
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