In pursuit of awards like the Oscars, Netflix will maintain its strategy of opening some films in theaters before taking them to users. This year, 10 company productions will be shown on the big screen only for a few weeks.
One of them is The Irish (The Irishman), directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The film will be shown at the New York Film Festival on September 27 and will open in theaters on November 1. It will not come to streaming until November 27th.
The film The LaundromatSteven Soderbergh will have an even longer break. The production will be shown from September 7 in some rooms and will be released in streaming only on October 18.
Meanwhile, Marriage Story will have a one-month break between film and streaming premieres. Directed by Noah Baumbach, the film will open on the big screen on November 6 and hit Netflix on December 6.
The productions that Netflix will bring to theaters are considered strong candidates for awards and, therefore, will remain in theaters for a few weeks.
The goal is to meet the requirements of the Oscar, for example, which requires at least seven days of screening in Los Angeles theaters for films to be eligible for nominations. These are the movies that Netflix will premiere in theaters in 2019:
- The Laundromat: 07/09 in cinemas and 18/10 in streaming;
- My Name is Dolemite (Dolemite Is My Name): 10/4 in theaters and 10/25 in streaming;
- The King: 11/10 in theaters and 11/11 in streaming;
- The Irishman: 01/09 in theaters and 27/11 in streaming;
- Earthquake Bird: 11/01 in theaters and 11/15 in streaming;
- Marriage Story: 06/11 in theaters and 06/12 in streaming;
- Klaus: 11/8 in theaters and 11/15 in streaming;
- I Lost My Body: 11/15 in theaters and 11/29 in streaming;
- Atlantics: 11/15 in theaters and 11/29 in streaming;
- Two Popes (The Two Popes): 11/27 in theaters and 12/20 in streaming.
The practice has already given results to Netflix, which Bird Box, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mogli and Pomegranate to movie theaters in 2018. Pomegranate, by Alfonson Cuarón, won the statuettes of best director, best foreign film and best photography.