The announcement of an exclusive release in France from the expected Pinocchio by Matteo Garrone on Amazon’s Prime Video service to replace a theatrical release, initially scheduled for March 18, created a surprise, in a context where platforms have recently appeared to come out of their hat several shattering acquisitions (one part of the MK2 catalog for Netflix, films by Agnès Varda for Amazon). Jean Labadie, president of the independent distribution company Le Pacte, who has to his recent credit the release of Miserable from Ladj Ly or the last Todd Haynes, Dark Waters, explains.
We feel new movements in the tectonics of the sector’s plates. Could the Pact’s decision serve as a precedent for other distributors who, given the context of rooms closed indefinitely, are no longer sure which saint to turn to?
The precedent already exists, and it’s Strong [de Katia Lewkowicz, ndlr], also sold to Amazon. A film funded by TF1 and distributed by UGC,
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