Why Neon Is the Indie to Watch at Sundance After ‘Parasite’ and ‘Honeyland’

Beatrice Verhoeven

After Neon’s incredible buying spree at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the distributor founded by Tom Quinn and Tim League has had a successful year with its acquisition titles “Parasite” and “Honeyland” — so much so that several insiders told TheWrap they anticipate that filmmakers heading to the festival this year will want to work with Neon more than ever before.  “Neon has had a great year, and the success of ‘Parasite’ translates to upcoming action on foreign language films. ‘Parasite’ is a Korean-language film, and it made a lot of money at the box office. It’s unbelievable,” one sales agent told TheWrap said of the Best Picture front-runner, which has grossed $28.5 million domestically.  “Neon has had its biggest success since ‘I,Tonya’ with ‘Parasite,” a second sales agent said, referencing the 2017 indie hit that earned Allison Janney an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. “Every time we sit with filmmakers, there is just as much excitement working with A24 and Neon as working with a big studio. They always keep it very authentic.”  Also Read: Sundance 2020: 6 Things to Expect From Indie Film Sales Market Indeed, “Parasite,” Bong Joon-Ho’s provocative film about the class system in South Korea,...

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