Netflix has acquired worldwide streaming rights to Emirati director Majid Al-Ansari’s Rattle the Cage aka Zinzana. StudioCanal has acquired theatrical rights for the UK and Germany, The film was produced and financed by Image Nation Abu Dhabi. The film is already available on Netflix’s global platform. It is Netflix’s first major Arabic language acquisition and follows on the film streaming service going live in the region earlier this year.
Vox released the film theatrically last December in the Middle East. Al-Ansari is one of the most exciting new voices to have emerged from the Arab world. As Deadline revealed exclusively last year, UTA has signed him up. IM Global was handling sales of the film, with Cinetic co-repping domestic rights.
Rattle the Cage reps the latest foreign language acquisition from the VOD giant after the Sundance acquisitions of Indian comedy Naman Brahman, about an Indian champion college team as interested in picking up girls as they are knowledge and Babak Anvari’s Farsi language chiller Under the Shadow. Netflix also recently acquired German local hit Look Who’s Back, an adaptation of Timur Vermes’ bestselling novel directed by David Wnendt that imagines Hitler suddenly waking up on the site of his former bunker, now a residential area of Berlin, 70 years after his presumed demise.
Rattle the Cage is a psychological thriller that displays a Tarantino-esque sensibility. It stars Ali Suliman (Paradise Now) and Saleh Bakri (The Time That Remains) and follows the story of a young man trapped in a prison cell who is forced to play a madman’s game in order to save his family’s lives. Produced by Rami Yasin (From A to B), popular Emirati actors Ali Al Jabri, Abdullah Al Shehhi and Mansoor Al Feeli co-star.