Kino Lorber acquires Afrofuturist musical “Neptune Frost” from Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman
The film had its world premiere last summer in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival before being screened in Toronto and NYFF in the fall. Frost of Neptune was recently invited to be screened in the Selective Spotlight section of Sundance. Actor Ezra Miller, theater producer Stephen Hendel and Lin-Manuel Miranda are among the producers of the film.
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The film takes place in the middle of the hills of Burundi, where a collective of hackers emerge from a mining community, the result of a romance between a miner and an intersex runaway. Between states of being – past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, masculine and feminine, memory and prescience –Neptune FrosIt is a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.
The music offers an amalgamation of many themes, ideas and songs that Williams has explored in his work, most notably his 2016 album. MartyrLosingKing.
The deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Senior Vice President Wendy Lidell with CAA Media Finance.
“Williams and Uzeyman are visionary artists in full control of their powers and Frost of Neptune is clearly the result of a long process of artistic exploration and political meditation, ”said Lorber. “As a film of exceptional visual and sound originality, it rewards being experienced on the largest screen possible. No work better responds to our corporate mantra of “experiencing the cinema” and we look forward to bringing such a unique cinematic achievement to audiences around the world. “
Kino Lorber will be released Frost of Neptune in theaters in the United States in 2022, followed by a digital release on Kino Now and all major TVOD platforms, as well as home video. Kino Lorber will initiate international sales in early 2022 at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals.
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