Posted Thu May 11, 2023 at 10:49 AM PDT by Tom Landy
The first announced titles include Jerzy Skolimowski's Cannes Jury Prize winner and Academy Award nominee EO, Jafar Panahi's No Bears, Louis Garrel's The Innocent, Hlynur Pálmason's Godland, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Tori and Lokita, and Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch's The Eight Mountains.
The Criterion Collection and Janus Films' Janus Contemporaries home video library will feature first-run theatrical films on Blu-ray and DVD following their streaming premieres on The Criterion Channel.
As the premier U.S. distributor of international art house cinema, Janus is widely known for some of the greatest movies of all-time -- from legends such as Chantal Akerman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Jean Cocteau, the Coen brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, David Lynch, Yasujiro Ozu, Satyajit Ray, Ousmane Sembène, François Truffaut, Melvin Van Peebles, Agnès Varda, Wim Wenders, and Wong Kar.
"It's an exciting moment for Janus Films," said Peter Becker, president of Criterion and a partner in Janus Films. "With a more robust first-run lineup than it has had since the 1960s and powerful partnerships with theatrical specialists Sideshow and the Criterion Channel streaming service, Janus is uniquely well positioned to bring the best films from around the world to theaters and homes across North America. The launch of Janus Contemporaries completes that picture."
Janus Contemporaries Blu-ray titles will retail for $29.95 and DVDs will have a MSRP of $24.95 and it has been revealed that these titles will include new interviews from The Criterion Channel's Meet the Filmmakers series.
More to follow soon as autumn approaches, but you can check out the the full press release: in the meantime below:
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