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Neon is partnering with Direct Relief for its upcoming anthology feature, The Year of the Everlasting Storm, which made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. The company also will donate to the organization’s worldwide COVID-19 relief efforts.
“As many wealthy countries are able to reunite and celebrate in Cannes this week, many more countries are not able to participate due to the global disparity in how vaccines are being developed and distributed,” Neon said in a statement from Cannes. The company added that its donation and collaboration with direct relief will support real-time COVID-19 direct response and assistance through the distribution of funds, tests, supplies and vaccines to the countries and areas that are hardest hit worldwide.
The Year of the Everlasting Storm, which will be released theatrically later this year, made its debut at Cannes as part of the festival’s Special Screening section. Helmed by acclaimed filmmakers Jafar Panâhi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the film follows seven stories shot during the unprecedented time of the pandemic, serving as a love letter to the power of cinema and storytelling. The film is executive produced by Panâhi, Tom Quinn and David Kaplan and produced by Brad Becker-Parton, Andrea Roa, and Jeff Deutchman.
“Our partnership with Direct Relief builds on the mission we started with when we embarked on this project — creating global collaboration and connection during an unprecedented moment in history,” Deutchman said.
Neon has two other films premiering at Cannes this year, including Weerasethakul’s latest competition feature, Memoria, starring Tilda Swinton, and Julia Ducournau’s Titane, a body-bending horror movie starring Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier and Lais Salameh.
The company, famous for its theatrical handling of Bong Joon-ho’s worldwide smash Parasite, has an upcoming slate that includes Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, Jamila Wignot’s Ailey, Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman and Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, executive produced by Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
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