Netflix nabs 6 Years at SXSW
James R | On 16, Mar 2015
Netflix has nabbed the rights to 6 Years at this year’s SXSW festival.
Hannah Fiddell’s film, which stars Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield, follows a 20-something couple, Dan and Mel, whose six-year relationship is put to the test when Dan is offered an attractive job with a record label – an offer that would see him choose between work and her.
Fidell’s movie, which follows her controversial drama, A Teacher, was produced by the Duplass brothers. The pair are no stranger to the streaming giant: they recently signed a four-picture deal with Netflix. 6 Years, which is not part of that deal, will be distributed globally by the SVOD service this year, reports , in a deal that was negotiated by ICM and Submarine.
The second deal with the Duplass brothers follows an increasingly rapid string of agreements for Netflix original feature films. Having previously focused on documentaries, such as The Square and Virunga, which have gone on from festival success to receive Oscar nominations, the company is taking a similar approach to fiction: this month, Netflix also bought the rights to Cary Fukunaga’s feature, Beasts of No Nation, which stars Idris Elba and is expected to be an awards contender.
In the past year, Netflix has also signed a deal with Adam Sandler for multiple exclusive movies and with The Weinstein Co. for the release of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 this summer .
“We are thrilled to bring this terrific film 6 Years to audiences at SXSW and Netflix, and to extend our deal with the Duplass Brothers in the process,” Netflix’s Ted Sarandos said in a statement.