Mubi has acquired all UK, Ireland and Turkey rights for Andrea Arnold’s UK documentary Cow, which will world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month.
The London-based streaming platform and distributor struck the deal with Paris-based mk2 Films, which is handling international sales, and plans to release the film theatrically in the UK and Ireland. The deal excludes free TV rights in the UK.
Cow marks the fifth feature by UK filmmaker Arnold and will screen in a new strand of the festival titled Cannes Premieres, which is dedicated to films from well-established directors. Each Premiere title will receive a gala screening at the Debussy Theatre.
Arnold is a Cannes regular, having won the festival’s jury prize with her debut feature Red Road in 2006) and again with Fish Tank in 2009 and American Honey in 2016.
Her first feature documentary is described by the director as “a film about one dairy cow’s reality and acknowledging her great service to us”. Sound Of Metal Oscar-winner Nicolas Becker serves as supervising sound editor.
Kat Mansoor produces for Halcyon Pictures, with backing from BBC Film and Doc Society. Submarine Entertainment is handling North America sales.
It marks Mubi’s latest high-profile Cannes 2021 acquisition after picking up UK and Ireland rights to Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta, Leos Carax’s romantic musical Annette and Mia Hansen Love’s relationship drama Bergman Island – all of which will play in Competition.
Mubi has also secured up rights in several territories for Valdimar Jóhannsson’s Icelandic drama Lamb, selected to compete in the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar.