Netflix Acquires Worldwide Rights to Cannes Winners 'Atlantics,' 'I Lost My Body'

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Mati Diop’s feature directorial debut took home the Grand Prix on Saturday night, while Jeremy Clapin’s animated feature topped the Cannes Critics’ Week prizes earlier in the week.

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the recent Cannes Film Festival Award winners Atlantics and I Lost My Body, the streamer announced Saturday. 

Mati Diop’s feature directorial debut Atlantics was awarded this year's Grand Prix, while Jeremy Clapin’s animated feature debut I Lost My Body received the top prize in the Critics' Week sidebar, with the film also having been honored with the Nespresso Grand Prize, whose category consisted of seven features and 10 short films. 

The streaming giant's rights to Atlantics exclude China, Benelux, Switzerland, Russian and France. Netflix also has SVOD rights 36 months following theatrical in France, Benelux and Switzerland. Meanwhile, worldwide rights to I Lost My Body exclude China, Benelux, Turkey and France; however, the streamer has SVOD rights 36 months following theatrical in France. 

Clapin's animated story about a severed hand looking for its home was one of 11 features in competition and was selected by the jury headed by Ciro Guerra, whose Embrace of the Serpent was nominated for a best foreign-language Oscar in 2015. Clapin penned the Xilam Animation-produced film's script with Guillaume Laurant (Amelia, A Very Long Engagement), with Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois and Patrick d'Assumcao starring. 

Diop's Atlantics tells the story of workers at a construction site of a futuristic tower, having foregone pay for months, who decide to leave the country via the ocean for a better future. Diop wrote the film with Olivier Demangel, with Mama Sane, Amadou Mbow and Ibrahima Traore among the film's cast. 

Atlantics' Grand Prix win marked a milestone for Diop, given she was also the first black woman to be accepted into the competition lineup in the festival's 72-year history. "I discovered it myself, reading the article," Diop told The Hollywood Reporter of the moment she learned of her inclusion. "It was a rather odd experience for me because I approached it almost as somebody learning this, as an outsider. What I represent exceeds me and does not belong to me."

Diop was also one of only four female directors in this year's 21-film lineup, which marked a slight improvement after the festival came under fire for its lack of distaff representation.

The Atlantics deal was negotiated by Fionnuala Jamison for mk2 films on behalf of the filmmakers. I Lost My Body was negotiated by Carole Baraton for Charades on behalf of the filmmakers.

May 26, 9:25 a.m. Updated with the names of those who negotiated the deals for Atlantics and I Lost My Body.