Remember hearing about Minamata? That’s the film about deadly mercury poisoning in a Japanese coastal city where Johnny Depp plays a photojournalist who helps expose the long-time negligence of a local company who is poisoning the waters. After being acquired by MGM for release in the United States, it was seemingly shelved in the wake of Depp’s ongoing legal and public relations battles with ex Amber Heard. Earlier this year, director Andrew Levitas openly accused MGM of burying. Now, MGM no longer has the film; it will instead be released by Lady Bacardi Entertainment and Samuel Goldwyn Films in theaters on December 15th with an expected push for awards. Minamata premiered at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival.
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