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NEON and Protagonist Pictures announced the launch of international sales on the highly anticipated horror feature from Bishal Dutta, It Lives Inside. The film stars Megan Suri (“Never Have I Ever,” Missing), Neeru Bajwa (Jatt & Juliet 1 &2), Mohana Krishnan, Vik Sahay (Captain Marvel, “Chuck”) and Betty Gabriel (Get Out). The film will have its World Premiere at SXSW in the Midnighters Section, with NEON releasing the film theatrically in US later this year. 

Protagonist, the leading sales, finance, and production outfit, will introduce the highly anticipated project to its international distribution partners at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. 

Sam is desperate to fit in at school, rejecting her Indian culture and family to be like everyone else. When a mythological demonic spirit latches onto her former best friend, she must come to terms with her heritage in order to defeat it.

The initial inspiration for the film emerged from the filmmaker’s own childhood experience of being born in India before emigrating to be raised in America. The story draws heavily on both Indian demonic legend and a very personal family story from Dutta’s grandfather.

The original screenplay was penned by director, Bishal Dutta based on a story by Dutta and Ashish Mehta. Raymond Mansfield and Sean McKittrick of QC Entertainment produced, with NEON, Edward H. Hamm Jr, Jameson Parker, Arielle Voisvert, and Shawn Williamson executive producing.

“With GET OUT, QC Entertainment helped set the current standard for quality and commerciality in the modern horror genre. Their producorial talent combined with NEON’s impeccable taste and distribution prowess formed the dream team for Bishal’s stunning film”, said Protagonist’s Chief Commercial Officer, George Hamilton. “It Lives Inside delivers on all fronts and we could not be more excited both for NEONs U.S theatrical release and to be sharing this fabulous film with all of our international partners at the upcoming EFM”, he added.

It Lives Inside marks NEON's fourth in-house production as the company continues to grow. Most recently, NEON produced and released the Sundance-hit genre film Infinity Pool from Brandon Cronenberg and starring Mia Goth and Alexander SkarsgΓ₯rd. Additional upcoming NEON productions include Cuckoo starring Hunter Schafer, Dan Stevens, and Jessica Henwick, which is set to release this year. 

Dutta is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been honored at multiple festivals around the world. His short LIFE IN COLOR premiered at the Cannes Film Festival American Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. His second short INFERNO caught the eyes of James Wan and his Atomic Monster banner who championed him to direct a feature they have in development at New Line.

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