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Amazon Prime Lands Oscar-Nominated Foreign-Language Film

20 Feb, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Veerle Baetens in Oscar-nominated 'The Broken Circle Breakdown'

Tribeca Film agreement includes Belgian drama 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' and documentary 'How to Make Money Selling Drugs'

Amazon Feb. 20 said it signed a content licensing agreement with Tribeca Film making Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription streaming home for Academy Award nominated foreign-language film 'The Broken Circle Breakdown,' as well as other documentaries and feature films.

Directed by Felix van Groeningen, Belgium’s Broken Circle Breakdown was released theatrically in the fall and is one of five nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2.

The license deal brings includes documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs, a 2013 film about the war on drugs featuring Susan Sarandon, Arianna Huffington and Russell Simmons; Greetings from Tim Buckley, Sparrows Dance and the animated children’s film Moon Man.

“We know the independent film category is a favorite among Amazon customers and this agreement with Tribeca Film will add even more high-quality films to Prime Instant Video,” Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, said in a statement.

Todd Green, GM of Tribeca Film, said the Prime Instant Video platform is an ideal way for its films to be discovered by a targeted audience.

“We feel [they are] looking for this type of content,” Green said.

Prime Instant Video has exclusive rights to PBS series “Downton Abbey” and “Mr. Selfridge,” FX drama “The Americans,” CBS summer series “Under the Dome” and new series “Extant.” Other TV series exclusives include “Veronica Mars,” “Justified,” “Falling Skies,” “Grimm,” “Workaholics,” “Suits” and “Covert Affairs.”

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