Neptune Frost (2021) – Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy

Kasarmikatu 46-48, 00130 Helsinki
Savoy Theatre

Neptune Frost – the mesmerizing Afrofuturist musical brainchild of multihyphenate poet-rapper-writer-musician Saul Williams and his wife, Rwandan artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman — opens with a cacophony of color and sound, both digitized and natural. An electronic hum harmonizes with singing bowls as a face turns toward the camera, wearing a mass of colorful wires twisted into a fantastical headdress, technology repurposed into adornment, contrasting with sharp neon lines of makeup.

Set in Burundi, the sounds and images of Neptune Frost are striking, but beyond its aesthetics, this is a film underpinned by a dense, revolutionary mythology. In addition to co-directing, Williams wrote the screenplay and composed the music, and Uzeyman serves as cinematographer.

Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

In this audaciously vibrant tapestry of original songs, dance choreography, and poetic speeches, co-director, writer, and composer Saul Williams aims at myriad targets: at capitalism and resource mining, at Google and drone warfare, at all the systems that exploit the workers of the world while dividing it into “first” and “third.”

Roxana Hadadi, New York Magazine

Theme: African Express
Country: Canada, France, Rwanda
Director: Anisia Uzeyman, Saul Williams
Screenplay: Saul Williams
Starring: Cheryl Isheja, Eliane Umuhire, Bertrand Ninteretse
Production: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Hendel / 5000 Broadway Productions, Carte Blanche, Swan Films
Duration: 105 min
Age limit: K12

Language: English, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, French, Swahili
Subtitles: English
Distribution: Kino Lorber
Cinematography: Anisia Uzeyman
Editing: Anisha Acharya
Music: Saul Williams
Sound: Blake Leyh
Production design: Cedric Mizero
Costume design: Cedric Mizero
Make-up: Tanya Melendez