Neptune Frost

Golden Camera
Cannes Film Festival
Queer Palm
Cannes Film Festival
The future of Black film...pure cinematic power.


Neptune Frost

Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work, notably his 2016 album MartyrLoserKing. Co-directed with the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the region's natural resources – and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry. Set between states of being – past and present, dream and waking life, colonized and free, male and female, memory and prescience – Neptune Frost is an invigorating and empowering direct download to the cerebral cortex and a call to reclaim technology for progressive political ends.

"Dizzyingly inventive... [Displays] fierce originality and punk iconoclasm." —Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“Groundbreaking... utterly unprecedented.” —Michael Sicinski, Mubi Notebook

"Brimming with ideas... [Williams’] ambition is palpable.”
—Tambay Obenson, Indiewire

"Visionary." —Valerie Complex, Deadline

“A future cult classic in the making." —Dustin Chang, Screen Anarchy

“A sensory delight... makes the looks on “Euphoria” seem conventional.” —Jude Dry, Indiewire

Official Selection: Cannes' Directors Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival, The New York Film Festival, BFI London, Sundance Film Festival
Sci-Fi, Musical
Kinyardwanda, Swahili, English, French, Kirundi
Anisia Uzeyman
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Hendel
Saul Williams
Cheryl Isheja, Eliane Umuhire, Dorcy Rugamba, Rebecca Mucyo, Trésor Niyongabo, Natacha Muziramakenga, With the special participation of Cécile Kayirebwa
Nominee, Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Queer Palm, Cannes Film Festival
Brian Tallerico,

The diversity of programming in Spotlight is apparent in how it can shift from a character study set in 1960s France to an Afrofuturist musical like Ansia Uzeyman and Saul Williams’ breathtaking “Neptune Frost.” Originally premiering at TIFF (where Marya Gates wrote about it here), “Neptune Frost” ...

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