Hot on the heels of the news that NEON will distribute Michaël Roskam’s The Racer And The Jailbird comes the following announcement: NEON will also distribute Eliza Hittman's Beach Rats, which recently debuted to strong reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Added bonus: this bit of news even has a trailer to go with it! Check it out.
Alright, so ... that looks super ominous, right? It sounds ominous, too. Here's the official plot synopsis:
Beach Rats centers on Frankie (Harris Dickinson), an aimless youth on the outer edges of Brooklyn, struggling to escape his bleak home life and navigating questions of self-identity. Frankie spends his summer balancing his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online. As Frankie’s competing desires begin to consume him, his decisions leave him hurtling towards irreparable consequences.
Hittman's a relative newcomer (Fun Fact: in addition to directing It Felt Like Love, IMDb tells me that, back in 2014, Hittman produced a short called Buffalo Juggalos, "an experimental exploration and celebration of the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo, New York"), but if Beach Rats' Sundance reviews are anything to go by, she's definitely a talent to watch.
We're looking forward to this one, and will keep you informed as we get closer to Beach Rats' release later this fall.