See of Trees: Van Sant’s New Film Starring Matthew McConaughey

The first image from Gus Van Sant‘s Sea of Trees has been released, showing Oscar-winning star Matthew McConaughey bloodied and crouched in the dark Japanese forest.

Standing in the background of the image is Ken Watanabe, who stars alongside the Interstellar actor in the film, centering on two strangers who meet in the mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fujiwhere where people often go to commit suicide. The two lost men embark on a journey of reflection and survival.

Jordan Gavaris, of Orphan Black fame, has also been added to the cast, which features Naomi Watts and The League‘s Katie Aselton.

Based on the original screenplay written by Chris Sparling, Sea of Trees has wrapped principal production, filming on location in the Kanto region of Japan, including Tokyo, Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures as well as within Aokigahara (aka The Sea of Trees) located at the foothills of Mt. Fuji in Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture.

The film also shot in Massachusetts beginning in late July on location in Purgatory Chasm, Ashland State Park, Blackstone State Park, Douglas State Park, F. Gilbert Hills State Park and the Worcester area.

Gil Netter produced the film along with Kevin Halloran, F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins, Allen Fischer and Sparling.

See of Trees is the first title from Bloom, the new sales company launched May 13 by veteran foreign sales agent Alex Walton and Ken Kao.