Gus Van Sant‘s next directorial Sea Of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts is currently in production in rural Massachusetts and will be moving its production to Japan in September. Financier and producer Ken Kao and Alex Walton’s international sales, production and financing company, BLOOM, launched and introduced Sea Of Trees in Cannes, and by the end of the festival had sold out most of the world.
Van Sant has assembled a top-notch creative team to work on the film including Oscar-winning editor Pietro Scalia, Emmy nominated production designer Alex DiGerlando (HBO’s True Detective), cinematographer Kasper Tuxen (Beginners), Oscar-nominated costume designer Danny Glicker (Milk, Up In The Air) and make up department head Felicity Bowring (The Bourne Legacy, The Social Network).
In Sea of Trees, McConaughey plays Arthur Brennan, who treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. After finding a place to commit suicide, Arthur meets Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who is also lost in life. The two commence on a journey of reflection, which reinforces Arthur’s will to live and rekindle his love with his wife (Watts).
The producers of Sea of Trees are two-time Oscar nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi), Kevin Halloran with Kao, and F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins, and Allen Fischer.