MUBI will premiere Mathieu Amalric’s “deliciously seductive” The Blue Room in UK cinemas this September, before releasing it exclusively online.
The César-nominated thriller, directed by the former Bond villain, stars Amalric alongside Léa Drucker and Stéphanie Cléau. He plays Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a love affair with a married woman (co-writer Clea), who makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly, Julien is caught up in a police investigation with the truth chillingly hard to find. Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon, the cinematic puzzle screened as part of Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival in 2014.
MUBI acquired the rights to the film earlier this year, as part of a haul of festival titles, including I, Olga, Rachel Lang’s feature length debut, Baden Baden, and Eugène Green’s latest feature, Son of Joseph.
The subscription site, which curates a range of world and classic cinema, adds a new title every day to its streaming library, with each title available for a 30-day window. That unique model – and its curated approach to acquiring films such as The Blue Room – has seen the SVOD company grow rapidly despite the dominance of subscription rivals such as Netflix. MUBI now operates in 200 territories and in the last year has signed deals with Sony, Paramount and Miramax.
In April this year, MUBI then entered the realm of theatrical distribution, teaming up with New Wave Films to release Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights in cinemas before adding it to its streaming line-up in May. Now, MUBI will follow the same strategy with The Blue Room: the film will be released in cinemas on 9th September and will be added to MUBI at the end of the month.
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