Billy Gil graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has worked for People and Daily Variety. He is the editor of the Pipeline section and IndieFile, both of which highlight independent films on DVD. For IndieFile tips and inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For inclusion on IndieFile's Feedroom channel, contact Renee Rosado (email@example.com). Follow IndieFile on Twitter, at Twitter.com/IndieFile.
Fox Debuts World Cinema Line6 May, 2011 By: Billy Gil
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is launching a new line of global films on disc called Fox World Cinema.
Starting later this year, films such as Korea’s The Yellow Sea, which will be at the Cannes Film Festival this month; Chinese film The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman, which was at the Toronto Film Festival last year; India’s Dum Maaro Dum; and Italy’s Vallanzasca: Angel of Evil will be available on DVD, VOD and digital download.
“Filmmakers around the world are creating provocative and entertaining films, many of which are rarely seen outside their native countries,” says Mary Daily, EVP of marketing with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. “With Fox World Cinema, we are committed to introducing these films to passionate audiences in America that are eager to embrace a range of cultures and experiences.”
Sanford Panitch, president of Fox International Productions, added: “Fox has always championed films that transcend language and social differences. In recent years, American audiences have embraced successful foreign films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The universal themes represented with Fox World Cinema will be appreciated by film lovers everywhere.
Sounds good to me! This multitiered approach seems to mirror efforts by YouTube and DirecTV with its recent ShortsHD launch and Tribeca screenings. Hopefully it means consumers have more access to film festival and international titles they might not otherwise see, on whichever means they choose — disc or digital.