The winner of the Cannes Camera d’Or prize for best first film, Divines, is headed to Netflix. The female-led drama about a young girl trying to make it in the projects, is directed by Houda Benyamina — who also nabbed the unofficial crown for the longest Cannes acceptance speech ever last month. Divines will be available on the streaming service everywhere except France where Diaphana is releasing theatrically and films have to wait 36 months before becoming available via SVOD. Netflix also picked up Directors’ Fortnight pics Mercenaire by Sacha Wolff, and Raman Raghav 2.0, an Indian thriller by Anurag Kashyap. On Monday, Netflix announced a deal with Kashyap’s production company, Phantom Films, to make its first Indian TV series, Sacred Games.
Continuing to build its UK drama portfolio, Acorn TV has acquired the U.S. premieres of period western Jericho, 1970s-set comedy Cradle To Grave, and the feature-length Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Crhistmas from ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Acorn is also adding Season 18 of Midsomer Murders, which All3Media is handling. The eight-part Jericho stars Call The Midwife‘s Jessica Raine as a widowed mother-of-two who is forced to start a new life in the Culverdale Valley, where an enormous railway viaduct is being built. She sets up a lodging house in Jericho, a lawless shanty town full of rough and rowdy workers. It becomes available on Acorn July 11. Cradle To Grave, with Peter Kay and Lucy Speed, is written by Oscar nominee Jeff Pope (Philomena) and follows the real life events of British broadcaster Danny Baker and his family. It debuts July 18. A Merry Murdoch Christmas goes up July 25 featuring guest stars that include Ed Asner, Brendan Coyle and Kelly Rowan. Midsomer Murders‘ 18th season kicks off July 4.
Armoza Formats has sold scripted comedy La Famiglia to Zodiak Fiction in France and Endemol Shine in Chile. Produced by Israel’s United Studios Herzliya, the original comedy debuted on Channel 10 locally, lifting the timeslot average by 31%. A second season has been ordered. The 30 half-hours follow the lives of a perfectly normal suburban family living in the divorce capital of the country. With many reasons to be happy, they have even more reasons to go to therapy – their sex life, his best friend, her complaints, and his mother. Set during the therapy sessions, the stories are seen in flashbacks. French-speaking Canada rights were previously acquired by Avanti Ciné Vidéo.
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