Posted Tue Jun 7, 2016 at 05:30 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
The critically acclaimed film is heading to Netflix.
Netflix has announced its latest film acquisition. 'Divines' will start streaming through the service later this year. The movie is the directorial debut of filmmaker Houda Benyamina and recently won the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
"We saw Divines before it was award winning, praised by critics and received a standing ovation at Cannes, we immediately recognized it as an extraordinary film and acquired it early on," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. "We're passionate about bringing our members great films from around the world and thrilled to bring Benyamina's debut film to our members."
The funny, often suspenseful and emotional drama tells the story of Dounia, a tough, but naive teenager who sees getting rich or dying trying as her most viable option. Set in a ghetto near Paris where drugs and religion reign supreme, Dounia is hungry for her share of power and success. Enlisting the help of her best friend she decides to follow the footsteps of a respected dealer. When Dounia meets a young sensuous dancer, her life takes a surprising turn.
Though an exact release date has not been announced, the movie is set to premiere globally (except for France) on Netflix later this year. Streaming availability in France will launch in 2019 in accordance with French media chronology rules.
"Emotions bring people together and are a reflection of society. Thanks to Netflix, Divines will cross borders and the world will be able to enjoy this universal story of love and friendship," said filmmaker Houda Benyamina. "I am very happy with the collaboration with Netflix."
A current Netflix subscription starts at $10 for HD streaming and $12 for Ultra HD streaming.
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