The feature, which will be released theatrically later this year, is making its debut at Cannes Film Festival today as part of the Special Screening section.
With its donation, Neon aims to support real-time COVID-19 direct response through the distribution of funds, tests, supplies and vaccines to countries and areas that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic.
Helmed by filmmakers Jafar Panâhi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, Dominga Sotomayor, David Lowery and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, “The Year of the Everlasting Storm” follows seven stories during an unprecedented time, 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 film, “Memoria,” starring Tilda Swinton, Jeanne Balibar, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Juan Pablo Urrego and Elkin Diaz, and Julia Ducournau’s “Titane,” a body-bending horror starring Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier and Laïs Salameh.
The company’s upcoming slate also 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.