By Peter Knegt | Indiewire November 20, 2009 at 4:39AM
IFC Entertainment and Netflix have announced a partnership that gives Netflix the U.S. rights to 53 unique titles from IFC Entertainment. Through this agreement select titles from IFC Entertainment's library of independent films will become available to be streamed instantly to televisions and computers via the Netflix service. The deal was announced jointly by Lisa Schwartz, executive vice president for IFC Entertainment, and Robert Kyncl, vice president of content acquisition for Netflix.
"Netflix has always championed independent cinema and has creatively built audiences for films in this genre, and we're excited to give their customers instant access to this wide-ranging collection of independent film," said Lisa Schwartz, executive vice president for IFC Entertainment, in a statement. "Our top priority is to make independent film available to a wider audience and this partnership further underscores that commitment."
The partnership allows Netflix members on an unlimited plan to instantly watch the newly acquired films on their computers or TVs through a range of Netflix ready devices. The films will be available beginning Friday, November 20th.
"Partnering with IFC Films gives us the opportunity to expand the number of quality films that our subscribers can watch instantly," said Robert Kyncl, vice president of content acquisition for Netflix, in a statement. "This deal reinforces our commitment to bringing diversity to the library and properties like this collection of titles bring us closer to that goal."
The deal will include 53 titles, including English-language independents from John Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet" and "Return of the Secaucus Seven," Christopher Nolan's debut "Following," Joe Swanberg's "Nights and Weekends," James Toback's "When Will I Be Loved," and Rebecca Miller's first film "Angela."
The library will also feature documentaries by filmmaker Errol Morris, including "The Thin Blue Line" and "Gates of Heaven". Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's award-winning "Brother's Keeper," and Jim Stern and Adam Del Deo's political documentary "So Goes The Nation" are also featured.
In addition, some recent foreign language titles included in the deal: Susanne Bier's "Brothers," Patrice Chereau's "Gabrielle," Hirokazu Kore-Eda's Cannes prize winner "Nobody Knows," Lukas Moodysson's "Together," Christophe Honore's "Dans Paris," Catherine Breillat "Sex is Comedy, Alfonso Cuaron "Solo con tu Paraja," Kristian Levring's "The Intended," and Hou Hsiao Hsien's "Three Times."