‘Amy’ premieres at Cannes

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Cannes, May 18 (IANS) Late singer Amy Winehouse’s documentary “Amy” was premiered at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival.

Directed by Asif Kapadia, the documentary showed the dark side of the late rocker’s fame on Saturday, reports aceshowbiz.com.

At one point in the movie, Winehouse, who died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning in 2011, confessed that she didn’t think she could handle fame.

“I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous, I don’t think I could handle it,” a teenage Winehouse said.

The “Rehab” hitmaker’s parents also appeared in the film, but they criticised it, calling it “unbalanced”.

A spokesperson for the parents said that they did not plan to attend the premiere.
The parents claimed that the documentary suggested the family did too little to help Winehouse to overcome her addictions.

According to the representative, the parents “would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy”.

“They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths,” the representative added.

But the director defended his portrayal of “Winehouse” in the documentary.

Kapadia, who interviewed 80 of the late rock singer’s friends, family and collaborators for the project, told The Telegraph: “The film’s about Amy. That is the idea; to tell people who she was and what was going on in her life. That was the intention.”

“The film had to be honest to her. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. It wasn’t the intention to upset anyone but just to show what was going on in her life.

“There was a lot of turmoil; there was a lot of stuff going on in her life – that’s why things turned out the way they did,” Kapadia said.

“Amy” is due to be released in the US on July 3.

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