EXCLUSIVE: Kino Lorber has acquired worldwide rights to Afrofuturist sci-fi punk musical Neptune Frost, co-directed by poet, musician, and actor Saul Williams and playwright and director Anisia Uzeyman.
The film had its world premiere last Summer at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight before screening at TIFF and NYFF during the Fall. Neptune Frost was recently invited to screen in Sundance’s selective Spotlight Section. Actor Ezra Miller, theater producer Stephen Hendel, and award-winning composer, actor, and director Lin-Manuel Miranda are among the film’s producers.The music offers an amalgamation of many of the themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work, notably his 2016 album ‘MartyrLoserKing’.
The film takes place amid the hilltops of Burundi, where a collective of computer hackers emerges from a mining community, the result of a romance between a miner and an intersex runaway. Set between states of being—past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, male and female, memory and prescience—Neptune Frost is a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.
The deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and SVP Wendy Lidell with CAA Media Finance.
“Williams and Uzeyman are visionary artists in full control of their powers and Neptune Frost is clearly the result of a long process of artistic exploration and political meditation,” said Lorber. “As a film of exceptional visual and aural originality, it rewards being experienced on the biggest screen possible. No work better fulfills our company’s mantra, ‘experience cinema’ and we can’t wait to bring such a unique filmic achievement to audiences around the world.”
Kino Lorber will release Neptune Frost theatrically in the U.S. in 2022, followed by a digital release on Kino Now and all major TVOD platforms, plus home video. Kino Lorber will initiate international sales in early 2022 at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.
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