Amazon has been very serious about becoming a major player in film distribution. They have been picking up lots of different titles and artists to be included into their streaming services. Now they are also getting into theatrical distribution along side the Prime service and even have 4 titles premiering at the most prestigious film festival of all: Cannes!
Amazon’s pick ups have included the latest from auteurs like Woody Allen whose new film is a period piece called Cafe Society as well as the long gestating Prime series he signed on to do a while back. Also Jim Jarmusch who has two films, one called ‘Paterson’ with Adam Driver who plays a bus driver poet in the NJ city of the film’s title. The other is a documentary about punk godfather Iggy pop called Gimmie Danger, which most likely chronicles the life of the music icon.
One of Amazon’s most interesting pick up’s is Nicholas Winding Refn’s latest film Neon Demon and is set to debut at the French festival in May. Then it will hit theaters in June and also hit Amazon’s service along side that. This is a big deal all around. The movie, starring Elle Fanning, looks like an art house horror, a twist on the tale of Bathory, a high class exploitation film about a young woman’s foray into the entertainment world and the dangerous price of beauty. That’s all I know about it for now. I would think going into this film without knowing much might be the best way to watch this.
In addition to the movie Refn has a coffee table book collecting all kinds of film poster art he has collected over the years. It mainly focuses on exploitation and cult cinema posters and focuses on the outrageous ways films are advertised, marketed through these obscure art pieces. There’s a link for it on Amazon below so you can check it out yourself.
Check out the trailer for the Neon Demon below! The film debuts this summer on the Amazon Prime service.