Netflix, Fortissimo Pact To Bring Arthouse Titles To U.S. Customers

Netflix is partnering with indie sales outfit Fortissimo Films to offer more than 60 titles via its U.S. service. Starting in September, arthouse pics from directors including Jiang Wen, Clara Law and Mika Kaurismaki will become available. While some of the features may be a bit obscure for U.S. audiences, many are awards winners from the international festival circuit including Jiang’s 2000 film Devils On The Doorstep, a story set during the Japanese occupation of China which won the Grand Jury prize in Cannes that year. The deal also includes the 1999 pic Goddess Of 1967 which brought Rose Byrne a Best Actress prize in Venice. Fortissimo has a library of about 300 features and the deal is its first move into the digital streaming space.

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