MUBI Acquires Cannes UCR Winner ‘Olli Maki’; Bruno Dumont’s ‘Slack Bay’

Sami Kuokkanen

Curated VOD streaming service MUBI has stepped up its game with a pair of acquisitions out of the Cannes Film Festival. The global platform has taken U.S. and UK/Ireland theatrical and digital rights to Un Certain Regard prize winner The Happiest Day In the Life Of Olli Maki. The black-and-white film, from Finnish helmer Juho Kuosmanen, tells the true story of the eponymous boxing hero as he attempts to win the world championship featherweight title during the summer of 1962. MUBI also picked up SVOD rights for Latin America.

slack bayThe company has further acquired theatrical, home entertainment and digital rights in the UK/Ireland for Bruno Dumont’s Competition entry, Slack Bay (Ma Loute). It will release in partnership with distributor New Wave Film which has previously worked on three Dumont titles. Slack Bay is a black comedy set on the French coast in the early 1900s with Juliette Binoche and Fabrice Luchini. Kino Lorber acquired Slack Bay for North America ahead of Cannes. The film released in France just after its screening at the festival and is already Dumont’s biggest grosser with over 400K admissions.

Margaret Menegoz’ Les Films du Losange handles rights on Olli Maki; Memento Films International has Slack Bay. MUBI is currently available in over 200 territories and has deals in place with Sony Pictures, Paramount Studios and Miramax.

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