Caméra d’Or Winner ‘Divines’ Coming to Netflix

Netflix announced that Divines, which was screened at this year’s Cannes film festival, will be made available to its subscribers in the US and around the world later this year.

The movie, which is set in a ghetto near Paris, follows Dounia, a tough, but naive teenager who sees getting rich or dying trying as her most viable option. Houda Benyamina’s directorial debut was awarded the Caméra d’Or, an award of the Cannes Film Festival for the best first feature film.

Ironically, the French-made film won’t be available on Netflix in France until 2019, in accordance with French media chronology rules.

Netflix subscribers can also expect to see other exclusive films acquired at Cannes:

  • Mercenary (Mercenaire) – Directed by Sacha Wolff, the film follows Soane, a young man of Wallisian origin from New Caledonia, who defies his father’s prohibition against playing rugby in France.

  • Aquarius – Helmed by Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho, the drama centers on a 65-year-old widow who refuses to vacate the Aquarius, an original two-story building built in the 1940s.
  • The Day Will Come – Jesper Nielsen directed and Søren Sveistrup wrote this Danish drama about two brothers struggling to escape a boy’s home and its tyrannical headmaster.
  • Very Big Shot – This comedy, the feature debut of Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, is the story of brothers who operate a small drug-dealing operation out of their takeout pizzeria in one of Beirut’s working-class districts.
  • Journey to Greenland – A French comedy directed by Sébastien Betbeder. Two down-on-their-luck, 30-something actors leave Paris for Kullorsuaq, a remote Greenland village.
  • Raman Raghav 2.0 – Directed by Anurag Kashyap. Ramanna, this Indian thriller features a battle of wits between a serial killer fascinated by a psychopath from the 60s, and Raghavan, a young policeman.

Netflix previously announced that Wheelman, directed by Jeremy Rush and starring Frank Grill, will also premiere on the service in 2017.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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