NEON’s Oscar-nominated documentaries and international films will be made available to Letterboxd users

Oscar season is always a mixed bag for moviegoers. For many it’s a chance to rack up accolades and awards on last year’s best movies, but for most others it’s an exclusive horse race they’ve only seen a few -some of the suitors. Arthouse films are just that – films for the arthouse, often seen only at film festivals or on limited theatrical releases, and often inaccessible to the general public until the end of the Oscar ceremony. But NEON makes the six Oscar shortlisted titles available to anyone with an account on the film review website Letter box.

NEON is partnering with Letterboxd to make its six Oscar-nominated international films and documentaries available to users of the film review social network – for a limited time. For the discounted package price of $19.99, Letterboxd users can watch all six movies on watch.neonrated.com starting Monday, March 8, 2021. The deal will last until March 14.

The six films will include Gunda directed by Victor Kossakovsky and executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix; Gianfranco Rosi Notturno; The painter and the thief directed by Benjamin Ree; by Andrei Konchalovsky Dear friends !, Russia’s submission to the Oscars; twelfth night, the Ivorian candidate for the Oscars of Philippe Lacôte; and Jasmila Žbani? Quo Vadis, Aida?communication from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Letterboxd loves connecting our movie-going audience to the works of great filmmakers,” Letterboxd’s David Larkin said in a statement. “Partnering with NEON to deliver this selection of six sensational films is an exciting opportunity for our community to be part of the seasonal awards conversation.”

This will be the first time Letterboxd has brought new movies to its members that have not been streamed on any other platform directly, which is a big step forward for a website primarily known for its community of moviegoers and reviews. viral microblogs. Does this also signal Letterboxd as a new platform for movie streaming? Maybe, although it’s still too early to tell.

In the meantime, it’s a smart move on NEON’s part, with the company having recently established itself as a leading distributor of arthouse films following its Best Picture win last year for Bong Joon-ho. Parasite. Letterboxd is where young, hip moviegoers hang out lately, a demographic that NEON is surely targeting. The distributor recently acquired Céline Sciamma Little mom, reuniting with the French filmmaker following their collaboration on the acclaimed film Portrait of a lady on fire. They have also developed several projects including that of Pablo Larraín spencer with Kristen Stewart, Ben Wheatley’s Sundance hit In the groundand the Oscar nominee’s (and/Favorite Movie) narrative remake The painter and the thief.

Darcy J. Skinner