Magnolia Pictures' The Princess Of Nebraska from Wayne Wang drew more than 165,000 hits in its first two days following its launch on YouTube on October 18.

The free release was launched on YouTube's Screening Room, a new channel dedicated to premium film content, and explores the bonds of family and Chinese identity in the modern world.

The release tied in with Magnolia's theatrical release of Wang's companion film A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers last month. Magnolia, Cinetic Rights Management and YouTube collaborated on the parallel distribution strategy.

'It's astounding that over a two -day period The Princess Of Nebraska became the most widely viewed independent film in the country,' Magnolia Pictures' Ray Price said.

The Princess Of Nebraska is adapted from a collection of short stories
by Granta prize-winning author Yiyun Li and stars Ling Li.