Neon has acquired worldwide rights to New York Afro-Latin artist Rebecca Hunt’s first film, “Beba.” The documentary-memoir had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, where it was praised for its “originality, innovation and urgency of Hunt’s voice,” Neon said in a statement.
The film, which weaves music, 1mm film, poetry and interviews together, will be released in 2022 from Neon. The daughter of Dominican father and Venezuelan mother Hunt, nicknamed “Beba”, reflects her childhood and adolescence in New York City when she investigates inherited historical, social, and generational traumas. Throughout the film, he is looking for ways to create his own creative path between racism and political instability.
“Poetic, powerful and deep,‘ Beba ’is a bold, deeply human self-portrait of an Afro-Latin artist who is hungry for knowledge and longing for connection,” Neon said.
Hunt wrote and directed “Beba” and co-produced with Sophia Zeld. The executive producers are Petra Costa, Alice Ardale Spiegel, Alessandra Orofino, Joy Bryant and Inuka Becot-Capiga.
The deal was negotiated with Neon’s Mason Speta UTA Independent Film Group, which represented film sales and Hunt.
Distributor Julia Ducorn’s Palme d’Or wins “Titan” opens on Friday, and Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s “Flea,” starring Kristen Stewart and Celine Siamara, has an upcoming title, “Petit Maman.”
Neon also focused on production last year, including 10 feature and documentary projects including a remake of “Spencer,” “The Painter and the Thief,” Brandon Cronenberg’s “Infinity Pool” starring Alexander Skarsgard and “Kokil” starring Hunter Schaefer, Chan and Sofia Boutella, directed by Tilman Singer.