Neon Heart, the debut feature by Laurits Flensted-Jensen, has been chosen as one of thirteen films to compete for the Kutxabank New Directors Award at the 66th San Sebastian Festival (21 – 29 September).
Neon Heart is a story about three people chasing life and each other. Laura (Victoria Carmen Sonne) is on her way to a porn film casting. Niklas is trying to take care of two men with Down’s Syndrome, and Frederik is out to gain respect as a hooligan. In fragments of the past and present, we follow the protagonists on a journey of taboos and desires.
Whilst Neon Heart is Laurits Flensted-Jensen’s debut feature movie, in 2013 his Danish Film School graduation piece Snow was selected for the Rotterdam Film Festival and was chosen as best documentary short by the Danish Academy. In 2015, his fictional short Melon Rainbow won Best Danish Short Film at the Odense Film Festival and screened at the SXSW Festival in Austin.
Decided by an international jury, the Kutxabank-New Directors Award is presented along with €50,000 for the film’s director and distributor in Spain, and films screened in this section will also compete for the Youth Award, to be decided by a jury of 300 students aged 18 to 25.