Netflix's 'Beasts of No Nation' Getting U.K. Theatrical Release

The online video giant has teamed up with art house chain Curzon Cinemas.

British audiences will get a chance to see Beasts of No Nation on the big screen.

The Idris Elba-starring Netflix feature from director Cary Fukunaga, which has been making waves at international festivals after bowing in Venice, will screen in select movie theaters operated by Curzon Cinemas, an art house chain with 10 complexes across the U.K.

The tie-up between Netflix and Curzon, announced Monday, will see the film debut in theaters following its U.K. premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 8. Netflix is set to release the movie on its online platform worldwide Oct. 16. A similar arrangement was made in the U.S., where the film will be shown in select Landmark Theatres via a partnership with Bleecker Street.

Based on the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, the film tells the story of an African warlord who trains children to become soldiers. Beasts of No Nation, Netflix's first original film, which it acquired in March, was described by The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy as "grim, grueling and gripping." Newcomer Abraham Attah plays Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in a civil war, while Elba portrays Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war.

Beasts is produced by Amy Kaufman and Fukunaga, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Dan Crown for Red Crown Productions, and Elba. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producers for Participant Media; Donna Gigliotti is executive producer for Levantine Films; Elizabeth Koch and Kristina Kendall are executive producers for New Balloon; and Bill Benenson, Laura Bickford and Todd Courtney also are executive producers.

 

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