Netflix scoops award-winning African love story, animation from Cannes

i lost my body netflix cannes

Netflix has raided the Cannes Film Festival talent, grabbing two winners from the prestigious movie extravaganza, the firm announced on Sunday.

First up, the streaming service acquired Cannes’ Grand Prix winner: a complicated African story of love set in Dakar titled Atlantics. The feature’s directed by French movie maker Mati Diop, who’s also the first black female to win a directorship award at Cannes in the festival’s history.

The second flick is an animated feature which took home the Nespresso Grand Prize during the International Critics’ Week section at Cannes.

It’s best described by its synopsis:

“A cut-off hand escapes from a dissection lab with one crucial goal: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to… until they met Gabrielle.”

Netflix now has the rights to air both worldwide bar China, Benelux, Switzerland, Russia and France for Atlantics, and China, Benelux, Turkey and France for I Lost My Body.

The streaming service hasn’t yet announced when both flicks will be hitting its catalog.

Feature image: I Lost My Body, by Netflix

Andy Walker


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