Neon Takes Venice Winner 'New Order' for North America

New Order

Naian González Norvind and Fernando Cuautle in 'New Order'

Michel Franco's harrowing drama imagines a violent revolt against the 1 percent.

Neon has picked up North American rights to New Orderthe new feature from Mexican director Michel Franco that won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.

The feature, which also played at the San Sebastián and Toronto fests, and is screening at the upcoming London and Chicago film festivals, is a look at a violent uprising against the wealthy ruling class. While protests rage outside, a party of 1-percenters continues unawares. But their reckoning is coming and when it does, the results are harrowingly violent.

Franco conceived New Order years before the current Black Lives Matter uprisings, but his dystopian story appears ripped from the headlines. The Hollywood Reporter's critic David Rooney called the film "a short, sharp shock to the system."

With films like After Lucia and his English-language debut Chronic, starring Tim Roth, Franco has developed a reputation as an unflinching, often brutal filmmaker. But New Order marks his most political and provocative film. Neon will be hoping the current climate in the U.S. will help drive interest and discussion around the movie. Neon said it is planning a theatrical release for New Order, to be announced at a later date.

"In making New Order, I had to think about movies in a whole new way," Franco said in a statement. "It’s not only my largest-scale film but it’s the first time I have commented on Mexico and the social disparity in the world at large. It’s been a thrill to see people respond around the world with such passion."

Mason Speta negotiated the deal for New Order for Neon with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. The Match Factory is handling international sales.