Netflix went shopping at the Cannes Film Festival this year, picking up “Atlantics” and the animated film “I Lost My Body.” Netflix acquired worldwide rights (excluding China, Benelux, Switzerland, Russia, France) to Mati Diop’s award winning “Atlantics,” which premiered at the event earlier this week.
In “Atlantics,” a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. The movie follows Ada, a 17 year-old who is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker. In the story, she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country by sea, in hopes of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada’s wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned.
Mati Diop directed the film, she is the first black woman to compete for the Palme d’Or at the popular event. The cast includes Mama Sané, Amadou Mbow, Ibrahima Traoré, Nicole Sougou, Amina Kane, Mariama Gassama, Coumba Dieng, Ibrahima Mbaye, and Diankou Sembene.
Netflix also acquired worldwide rights (excluding China, Benelux, Turkey, France) to “I Lost My Body,” or “J’ai perdu mon corps.” The film comes from Jérémy Clapin, and produced by Marc du Pontavice. This film also made its world premiere at the event, in the Critics Week section.
“I Lost My Body” was named the best film of the independent International Critics’ Week section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and awarded the Nespresso Grand Prize in the section, which consists of seven features and 10 short films.
In the film, a cut-off hand escapes from a dissection lab with one crucial goal: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to… until they met Gabrielle.
As we mentioned earlier, Jérémy Clapin directed the film, which was produced by Marc du Pontavice. The cast includes Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, and Patrick d’Assumçao. The deal was brokered by Charades on behalf of Xilam Animation.
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