This year has seen Cannes engulfed in talk about Netflix’s absence from the festival, following the streaming giant’s decision not to screen titles there due to France’s outdated and inflexible distribution laws. Streaming services, though, are as active as ever on the Croisette, with Netflix nabbing the rights to robot animation Next Gen last week. Now, subscription service MUBI has also thrown its hat into the acquisitions arena with The Image Book.
The latest film from Jean-Luc Godard, the 85-minute movie is an essay film which chronicles the history of the world, war and the role cinema has to play. Produced by Casa Azul Films’ Fabrice Aragno and Ecran Noir Productions’ Mitra Farahani, the film premiered last week at the festival, with Wild Bunch striking the deal with MUBI
MUBI has bought both the theatrical and streaming rights for the UK, which will mark the first time in seven years that the directing legend will have a film distributed in cinemas. Indeed, MUBI has established itself as a significant force for arthouse and world cinema, snapping up such films as Oscar nominee On Body and Soul and Cannes winner The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, and releasing them both in cinemas and on its streaming platform.
“Godard is a true visionary who continues to change the face of cinema and we are extremely proud to be able to present this new chapter of his work to UK audiences,” Bobby Allen, SVP content at MUBI, told ScreenDaily, who broke the news.