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Netflix acquires two hit films at Cannes

By Karen Butler
Netflix acquires two hit films at Cannes
Filmmaker Mati Diop won the Grand Prix award for "Atlantics" during the 72nd annual Cannes International Film Festival in France on Saturday. Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

May 26 (UPI) -- Netflix has announced it acquired the worldwide rights to Atlantics and I Lost My Body, which recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Written and directed by Mati Diop, Atlantics won the Grand Prix at the French festival on Saturday. The ensemble includes Mama Sané, Amadou Mbow, Ibrahima Traoré, Nicole Sougou, Amina Kane, Mariama Gassama, Coumba Dieng, Ibrahima Mbaye and Diankou Sembene.

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"Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker," a synopsis from Netflix said. "But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country by sea, in hopes of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada's wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned."

Jérémy Clapin co-wrote and directed I Lost My Body. The movie stars Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois and Patrick d'Assumçao.

"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," a press release explained.

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Netflix's 2019 Best Picture Oscar contender Roma premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. It went on to win the streaming service its first three Oscars, including Best Foreign Language Film.

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