Los Angeles: American on-demand streaming website Netflix has acquired Houda Benyamina’s Camera d'Or winning directorial debut 'Divines'.
'Divines', one of the critically most acclaimed and talked-about films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, will be available to Netflix members exclusively in most of the world later this year, read a statement.
Described by critics as "one of the best young-adult films to come out of France in recent years", the funny, often suspenseful and emotional drama tells the story of Dounia, a tough, but naive teenager who sees getting rich or dying trying as her most viable option.
Set in a ghetto near Paris where drugs and religion reign supreme, Dounia is hungry for her share of power and success. Enlisting the help of her best friend, she decides to follow the footsteps of a respected dealer. When Dounia meets a young sensuous dancer, her life takes a surprising turn.
"We saw 'Divines' before it was award-winning, praised by critics and received a standing ovation at Cannes, we immediately recognised it as an extraordinary film and acquired it early on," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix.
"We are passionate about bringing our members great films from around the world and thrilled to bring Benyamina’s debut film to our members," Sarandos added.
Benyamina said that the film will "cross borders".
"Emotions bring people together and are a reflection of society. Thanks to Netflix, 'Divines' will cross borders and the world will be able to enjoy this universal story of love and friendship," he said, while adding: "I am very happy with the collaboration with Netflix".
Netflix members everywhere, except France, will be able to watch "Divines" later this year. In France, the film won’t be available on Netflix until 2019 in accordance with French media chronology rules.