Paramount will award Martin Scorsese Moonflower Killers A theatrical release in France from October 18 confirmed the deadline, which would subject the film to the country’s strict window rules.
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Paramount Pictures France revealed its theatrical release date Tuesday in an updated slate posted to its website and Deadline confirmed that the film will receive a regular release through a distributor and then go straight to Apple TV+.
Apple Original Films announced Monday that Moonflower Killers It will be released exclusively in theaters worldwide in partnership with Paramount Pictures, and will be released on a limited basis starting October 6, in syndication starting October 20, before airing on Apple TV+.
There have been questions about whether the film will be shown in cinemas in France, where current media chronology laws mandate a 17-month window between a film’s theatrical release and its streaming release for most global platforms, including Apple TV+.
Netflix negotiated a 15-month window by promising additional investment in domestic feature films and signing a deal with local film and television guilds. Other streaming companies like Apple TV+, Amazon, and Disney+ haven’t gone that route yet.
Scorsese is a hit in movie-loving France, but it’s backed by Netflix Irish Preview received only two showings in France—at General Delegate Thierry Frémaux’s Lumière Festival in Lyon and at Cinema française in Paris—before it was broadcast in November 2019.
This was unlike the US and UK where the film was due to limited releases.
Expectations are still high Moonflower KillersAbout the serial murders of members of the oil-rich Osage nation of 1920s Oklahoma, it will premiere at Cannes in May.
Confirmation of the French theatrical release opens the door for Moonflower Killers To play in competition, if the film is already in Cannes, and the festival and Scorsese want to follow it.
Under Cannes rules, which align with French window laws, only films that guarantee a theatrical release in France can compete for the festival’s coveted Palme d’Or, a condition that has kept Netflix and its best titles on Croisette in recent years.
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