Cannes: Netflix Takes Worldwide Rights to French Thriller 'Divines'

Courtesy of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

Houda Benyamina’s film, set in the French banlieues, won the Camera d'Or for best first film in Cannes.

Netflix has nabbed another film out of Cannes, picking up worldwide rights to Divines, the critically acclaimed first feature from French director Houda Benyamina.

The film, which screened in Cannes' Directors' Fortnight sidebar, is a thriller set in the French banlieues and follows a young woman as she slowly descends into a life of crime. Divines won the coveted Camera d'Or for best directorial debut in Cannes this year.

Netflix will debut Divines on its service worldwide next year, with the exception of France, where it won't bow online until 2019, in accordance with that country's strict windowing rules.

The Divines deal follows several Cannes acquisitions for Netflix, which also picked up global rights to Jeremy Rush's action feature Wheelman, starring Frank Grillo; the French drama Mercenary, from director Sacha Wolff; Lebanese feature Very Big Shot, from first-time helmer Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya; Indian serial-killer thriller Raman Raghav 2.0; and Journey to Greenland, a French comedy from director Sebastien Betbeder.

The streaming giant also nabbed multiple territories for Kleber Mendonca Filho's competition title Aquarius, taking the movie for the U.K., North America, Asia, Australia/New Zealand and Latin America outside Brazil; and for Danish drama The Day Will Come, from director Jesper Nielsen.