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NEON today announced that Hunter Schafer, Academy Award® Nominee John Malkovich, Gemma Chan and Sofia Boutella will star in the upcoming Cuckoo, written and to be directed by Tilman Singer. Jan Bluthardt, Zita Hanrot, and Proschat Madani round out the cast. Ken Kao and Josh Rosenbaum of Waypoint Entertainment are producing along with Markus Halberschmidt and Maria Tsigka of FICTION PARK, and Thor Bradwell. NEON is financing the horror picture, which will begin principal photography in April 2022.

Cuckoo marks Tilman’s sophomore feature following his supernatural horror film Luz, which debuted at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize for Best Horror Film at Fantastic Fest and Best Film at the Milan Film Festival.

The team behind Luz is also reuniting for Cuckoo, which includes Paul Faltz as Cinematographer, Simon Waskow as Composer, and Dario Mendez Acosta as Production Designer.

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NEON recently debuted three titles to critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, and took their second Palme d’Or winner in a row, just off the heels of Parasite, with Julia Ducournau’s Titane (watch her first film Junior here).

The company also premiered Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria starring Tilda Swinton, which tied for the Jury Prize, and the anthology feature The Year of the Everlasting Storm. Out of the festival, NEON acquired the breakout instant classic The Worst Person in The World from Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier, which took the Best Actress Award for Renate Reinsve, as well as Jonas Carpignano’s festival sensation A Chiara, which won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight section.

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The company’s upcoming slate also include Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, executive produced by Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, as well as Zhang Yimou’s One Second and Celine Sciamma’s Petite Maman, both of which will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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