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Neptune Frost

1h 45m Science Fiction, Drama, LGBTQIA+ 2021

A wildly ambitious, radically experimental Afrofuturist musical that transcends space, time and gender from visionary poet and musician Saul Williams.

Ten years in the making, this dazzlingly original, genre-defying debut from Williams and actor and playwright Anisia Uzeyman builds on the musician’s lyrical world-building and exploration of Black resistance while following in the Afrofuturist tradition of Sun Ra’s Space Is the Place and Ngozi Onwurah’s Welcome II the Terrordome. In a past, present and future Rwanda that unfolds like a dream, a young coltan miner encounters Neptune Frost, an intersex hacker who leads us down a trans-dimensional rabbit hole of post-colonial possible realities.

A major hit at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight (where it was nominated for the Queer Palm) and across the global festival circuit, this avant-garde cyber-musical confronts ever-changing technology, racial capitalism, human labour and the slippery strictures of gender. Executive-produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ezra Miller, with Cheryl Isheja and Elvis Ngabo sharing screen time in the titular role, Neptune Frost is like nothing you’ve seen before: an unapologetically Black and queer astral trip that forges a new cinematic language for revolution.

“Mesmerizing … A bold, bizarre, and unflinchingly confident debut that prompts its audience to interrogate the very real human costs of the information age.” – Polygon

Director

Saul Williams

Director

Anisia Uzeyman

Producer

Saul Williams

Producer

Anisia Uzeyman

Producer

Maria Judice

Producer

Ezra Miller

Screenwriter

Saul Williams

Cinematographer

Anisia Uzeyman

Composer

Saul Williams

Languages

Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French, English, with English subtitles

Origin

Rwanda, United States

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