Hal Hartley Takes Latest Film to Netflix for DVD Release
by Eugene Hernandez
Following up on its recent DVD release of Tim Robbins' "Embedded Live," Netflix has announced a deal to distribute Hal Hartley's "The Girl From Monday." The exclusive DVD release will be promoted by the online movie rental company, debuting later this month.
Hartley's "Girl", which premiered at Sundance this year, was released in theaters by Hartley and his longtime editor Steve Hamilton via The Possible Films Collection, a company they co-founded. The film will be available to the 3 million Netflix members beginning July 19th with the online outfit targeting members based on their rental histories and film ratings.
The film is described as "a funny and thought-provoking farce told in the rhythms of a sci-fi thriller." It stars Sabrina Lloyd, Bill Sage, and Leo Fitzpatrick, including the debut of model Tatiana Abracos.
"Even though we felt 'The Girl From Monday' had great commercial appeal, most mainstream distributors thought it was too much of an art film to warrant the high cost of theatrical release," said Steve Hamilton, in a statement. "As an alternative means of promoting our film, we joined forces with Netflix, a company whose model and philosophy provided a much more direct link between the filmmaker and the viewer."
Other releases from The Possible Film Collection have included Richard Sylvarnes' "The Cloud of Unknowing," and a collection of shorts by Hartley.
"Through projects like "The Girl From Monday," we at Netflix aim to give filmmakers a platform to promote their high quality projects, while providing a channel for powerful films to penetrate viewers' homes, lives and culture in a meaningful and measurable way," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, in a statement.
At the Apple Store last month, as part of the indieWIRE Presents monthly discussion series, Hartley talked about his next film and explained that he is leaving New York and relocating to Berlin. The new movie, essentially "Henry Fool" Part 2 as he explained it, will be shot in Berlin, Paris, and Istanbul. Parkey Posey will star as the title character "Fay Grim", playing the wife of Henry Fool -- 7 years later -- in a story of, "a well intentioned but naive American who finds out about what the world is really like."
Asked why he is moving to Europe, Hartley said, "I need to work and I can't work here. Its impossibe to make art film in America, particularly in New York." Continuing he added, "Its just too expensive to make work here, if you want to pursue work that is based on your interest you can't necessarily be tied to being a commercial success and thats all that happens here."