Neon Buys ‘The Unknown’ With Lea Seydoux, ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Writer Arthur Harari Directing

Neon has bought North American rights to “The Unknown” (“L’Inconnue”), the hotly anticipated next movie from “Anatomy of a Fall”’s Oscar-winning co-writer Arthur Harari.

As revealed by Variety earlier this week, the movie will star Léa Seydoux (“Dune 2”) and is being represented in international markets. Harari is rolling off of “Anatomy of a Fall” which he co-wrote with director Justine Triet, abd won an Oscar, two Golden Globes, a BAFTA and the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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The deal was negotiated by Neon’s president of acquisitions and production Jeff Deutchman with producer Nicolas Anthomé on behalf of the filmmakers, and marks Neon’s second collaboration with Harari following last year’s “Anatomy of a Fall” which Neon acquired out of Cannes in 2023 before it won the Palme d’Or for that year. This deal further cements Neon’s commitment to bringing top-of-the-line international cinema to U.S. theatrical audiences.

“The Unknown” is produced by Paris-based Bathysphere and is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2026. Neon will release the movie in U.S. and Canadian theaters then. Pathé is co-producing, and will introduce the package to buyers at the Cannes Market. The banner will also distribute the movie in France.

Neon’s slate currently includes Steven Soderbergh’s “Presence,” which made its world premiere in Sundance, where Neon picked up the worldwide rights; “Keeper” from Osgood Perkins, starring Tatiana Maslany and Rossif Sutherland; and “They Follow,” the long-awaited sequel to the modern horror classic “It Follows” from David Robert Mitchell, starring Maika Monroe.

Neon is attending this year’s Cannes Film Festival with the world premiere of “Anora” In competition, Sean Baker (“The Florida Project”)’s new movie starring Mikey Madison.

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