Upstart distribution label Neon continues to flex its taste muscles — nabbing the buzzy, noirish thriller “Gemini” out of SXSW from writer-director Aaron Katz.
Following two women in a complicated personal and professional relationship who bear witness to a brutal, the film stars Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravtiz and John Cho.
A tenacious personal assistant (Kirke) and her actress boss (Kravitz) get tangled in a brutal act of violence, and set out across Los Angeles to make sense of it as a policeman (Cho) pursues them.
Katz’s previous credits include “Land Ho!” and “Cold Weather.” Kirke is best known for the indie breakout “Mistress America,” which she starred in with Greta Gerwig, and the Amazon Original series “Mozart in the Jungle.”
Kravitz can currently be seen on HBO’s suburban murder mystery “Big Little Lies,” with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
“Gemini” is produced by Best Picture Oscar winner Adele Romanski (“Moonlight”), Mynette Louie and Sara Murphy. Presented by filmscience, it is a Syncopated Films and PASTEL Production in association with Rough House Pictures.
Neon, founded by Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League and Radius co-founder Tom Quinn, has been snatching up on-brand titles in a market shook by streaming giants. In Sundance, they took three of the most talked-about films to hit Park City: “Ingrid Goes West” with Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, “Roxanne Roxanne” with Breakthrough Performance jury prize winner Chanté Adams and Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats.”