Streaming service acquires rights for US and UK.
Global streaming service MUBI has secured theatrical and digital rights to a brace of buzz titles from this year’s Cannes Film Festival: The Happiest Day In the Life Of Olli Maki, which won the Un Certain Regard prize, and Bruno Dumont’s Cannes Competition title Slack Bay.
The curated VOD service has acquired rights for the US and UK/Eire on Olli Maki and has also acquired SVOD window rights for the film in Latin America.
The film marks the feature debut of Finland’s Juho Kuosmanen and tells the true story of Finnish boxing hero, Olli Mäki as he attempts to win the world championship featherweight title in the summer of 1962.
For Slack Bay, MUBI has taken theatrical, home entertainment and digital rights in the UK/Eire, and the film will be released in partnership with New Wave Films, marking their second partnership after Miguel Gomes’ trilogy Arabian Nights, which opened in April.
Slack Bay is a black comedy, set on the French coast in the early 1900s, and stars Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Fabrice Luchini.
New Wave has previously released three Dumont films: Hadewijch, Hors Satan and P’tit Quinquin.
Release dates on both titles have yet to be confirmed.
Les Films du Losange handles rights on Olli Maki while Memento Films International has Slack Bay.
MUBI is available in more than 200 territories and has deals in place with Sony Pictures, Paramount Studios and Miramax.
Ahead of Cannes, MUBI announced a major partnership with Directors’ Fortnight, which will take the form of a year-long collaboration, sharing iconic films that have screened in the Cannes programme on MUBI’s global VOD platform.
Other titles set to showcase on the streaming service later this year include Eugene Green’s Son Of Joseph, Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room, and Berlinale Panorama opener I, Olga, to which MUBI also secured theatrical and digital rights.