By continuing to use this website, you agree to the use of cookies in order to offer you content and services that are tailored to your interests.

En savoir plus et gérer ces paramètres[OK]

News in brief

07 June 2016 à 10:20

Netflix snaps up several French films presented at Cannes

The VOD platform has pulled off an impressive move by acquiring three French films that were showcased at the recent Cannes Film Festival: Divines by Houda Benyamina, Mercenary by Sacha Wolff, and Journey to Greenland by Sébastien Betbeder.

This year's Cannes Film Festival has yielded a rich harvest for Netflix, with the acquisition of a string of auteur films that are scheduled for release on the platform in 2016. The most impressive acquisition is that of Divines (photo), sold by Films Boutique. This film by Houda Benyamina, which was presented at the Directors' Fortnight, was this year's winner of the prestigious Camera d'Or, although Netflix's chief content officer director Ted Sarandos affirms that the sale had been completed prior to the awards ceremony.

Netflix has additionally bought the rights to Mercenary by Sacha Wolff, which was also included in the Directors' Fortnight selection. This film is tells the tumultuous story of a young New Caledonian man who comes to France in the hope of becoming a professional rugby player. Its sales are handled by Be For Films.

And finally, Netflix has acquired Journey to Greenland by Sébastien Betbeder (with international sales handled by Cercamon). This film continues the adventures of Thomas and Thomas, characters who first appeared in Inupiluk, a medium-length film directed by Betbeder in 2014. Voyage to Greenland was presented at Cannes in the ACID program.

The question now is what kind of international career awaits these films. It is clear that Netflix is currently opening up new channels of distribution with the acquisition and programming of many so-called "festival films" on its SVOD platform.


Author : Communications

Latest update : 09 June 2016 à 10:20 CEST

Linked to this news article

Linked films (4)

Linked individuals (3)

Sorry, your search returned no results.

Show more

Show less

Related companies (4)


Be For Films

Activities :  Film exports/foreign sales

Recent filmography : , Habib, , ...



Activities :  Film exports/foreign sales

Recent filmography : A Male, My Night, , ...


Films Boutique

Activities :  Film exports/foreign sales, Foreign production company

Recent filmography : A Taste of Whale, Pacifiction, Subtraction, ...



Activities :  Foreign distributor (feature film), French distribution

Activities external to film production :  Occassional Buyer (short films) , VOD (short films), VOD (Video On Demand), Video/DVD publishing

Recent filmography : , , , ...

Linked events (3)


ACID - Cannes - 2016

Type : Feature film and short film festival


Cannes International Film Festival - 2016

Type : Feature film and short film festival

Theme : International festival


Directors' Fortnight - 2016

Type : Feature film and short film festival

Theme : International festival