Video-on-demand service Eurocinema has signed an exclusive deal with Iranian Film Society representative Nima Entertainment to provide Farsi-language Iranian films for Eurocinema's North American audiences.

The initial titles are Tahmineh Milani's 2000 drama Two Women, Hassan Hedayat's 2002 mystery Twilight, Cyrus Alvand's 2004 comedy Corrupted Hands, and Mehdi Fakhim-Zadeh's 2003 romantic adventure Soul Mates.

Eurocinema's head of US operations Larry Namer said he saw the deal as a prelude to offering a 'full VOD service based on Persian and Arabic films sometime next year.'

'The first titles we have added to our content offerings represent the best in recent Iranian cinema,' Namer said.

'While the 1.2million Iranians living in North America will certainly take note of these incredibly high quality films, we think that with today's global political situation general audiences will also be fascinated to look behind the curtain that has cloaked Iran.

Eurocinema launched in autumn 2005 and is carried by cable operators across the US. The company plans to make its service available on all major North American satellite platforms before long.