Highlights Include César Award-Winning Tell No One, Academy Award®-nominated A Man Called Ove, Three-time Oscar®-nominated Carlos Saura’s Flamenco, Flamenco and more.
July 16, 2020, New York, New York - OVID.tv, the acclaimed streaming service for independent films that The New York Times calls “A haven for indie gems," announces today its programming of award-winning and world-class cinematic films that will begin streaming toward the end of July and throughout August from the collections of its distribution partners including most recently Music Box Films.
OVID’s initial offerings fall into roughly three categories: a) powerful films addressing urgent political and social issues, such as climate change and economic justice; b) in-depth selections of creative documentaries by world-famous directors; and c) cutting-edge arthouse feature and genre films by contemporary directors as well as established masters. And new films in all three areas will be added to the OVID collection every week. Vanity Fair recently wrote that OVID is “a fantastic streamer for people with a taste for foreign, political and otherwise beyond-the-American-mainstream films.”
Representing the Music Box Films collection on July 23 is multiple César Award-winning Tell No One directed by Guillaume Canet (Winner, Best Director), starring François Cluzet (Winner, Best Actor), based on Harlan Coben’s international best selling thriller. July 24 brings two thrillers directed by Jean-Francois Richet starring Vincent Cassel as the title character in both Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy #1. Coming August 7 is the Academy Award®-nominated Best Foreign Language feature from Sweden, A Man Called Ove, based on the bestselling novel and directed by Hannes Holm. Also debuting that day is Roger Michell’s France/UK co-production Le Week-End. August 14 is three-time Oscar®-nominated director Carlos Saura’s Flamenco, Flamenco with cinematography by three-time Oscar®-winner Vittorio Storaro. Aug. 21 brings Matthew Aker’s documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present. And wrapping up August from Music Box Films on Aug. 28 is We Are Twisted F***ing Sister directed by Andrew Horn and Viva Riva! directed by Djo Tunda Wa Mung.
The Icarus Films collection on Aug. 14 sees Marius Petipa: The French Master of Russian Ballet directed by Denis Sneguirev about the prolific choreographer whose works would become his masterpieces: Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. On Aug. 21 comes Xu Bing: Phoenix directed by Daniel Traub who documents the process of creating the work through to its installation at MASS MoCA, and Chris Marker's Bestiary, an anthology of five of the avant garde filmmaker’s short films.
OVID is available in the U.S. and Canada. New subscribers can sign-up for a free 14-day trial. After that, subscriptions are just $6.99/mo or $69.99 for an annual subscription. Available on multiple devices including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Roku, Fire TV and web browsers.
Details on all the new films coming to OVID are below. Stay tuned for even more releases coming soon!
Thursday, July, 23
Tell No One
Directed by Guillaume Canet; Music Box Films, Thriller
Tell No One is based on Harlan Coben’s international best selling thriller about pediatrician Alexandre Beck who still grieves the murder of his beloved wife Margot Beck eight years earlier. When two bodies are found near the scene of the crime, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes a suspect again.
The mystery deepens when Alex receives an anonymous e-mail with a link to a video clip that seems to suggest Margot is somehow still alive and a message to Tell No One.
Winner! César Awards 2007 - Best Actor, François Cluzet
Winner! César Awards 2007 - Best Director, Guillaume Canet
Winner! César Awards 2007 - Best Editing, Hervé de Luze
Winner! César Awards 2007 - Best Music Written For a Film, Mathieu Chedid
Friday, July 24
Mesrine: Killer Instinct
Directed by Jean-Francois Richet; Music Box Films, Thriller
Mesrine: Killer Instinct introduces us to Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), a loyal son and dedicated soldier back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents.
"Critic’s Pick! A riveting, visceral entertainment that evokes a Gallic Scarface." — The New York Times
Mesrine: Public Enemy #1
Directed by Jean-Francois Richet; Music Box Films, Thriller
After escaping a courtroom and kidnapping the judge at gunpoint, Mesrine is declared Public Enemy Number 1 and is eventually condemned to a maximum-security prison where he writes his memoirs, establishing himself as a household name and the anti-hero across France.
"A French Goodfellas. Mesmerizing, funny, sexy, horrific and the stuff of great global cinema. See it." — Boston Herald
Friday, Aug. 7
A Man Called Ove
Directed by Hannes Holm; Music Box Films, Narrative
Ove, an ill tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors. Based on the bestselling novel.
Nominee, 2017 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language
Nominee, 2017 Academy Award® for Best Makeup and Hair
"Darkly funny, tragic, and ultimately heartwarming." — Entertainment Weekly
Directed by Roger Michell; Music Box Films, Narrative
Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon attempt to rekindle their relationship.
"Unbelievably marvelous." — New York Magazine
Friday, Aug. 14
Marius Petipa: The French Master of Russian Ballet
Directed by Denis Sneguirev; Icarus Films, Documentary
Marius Petipa was an unlikely artistic revolutionary. A middling dancer, he bounced around European cultural centres until he finally washed up in St. Petersburg in 1847 at age 29 – hired, sight unseen, by the Imperial Ballet as a principal dancer.
Marius Petipa: The French Master of Russian Ballet traces Petipa’s career from his early, crowd-pleasing choreography to the works that would become his masterpieces: Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Their stunning choreography and Tchaikovsky’s music elevated ballet for the first time to one of the world’s great art forms.
"Brisk, inventive, and engaging!" —The Boston Globe
Directed by Carlos Saura; Music Box Films, Documentary
An evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form.
Friday, Aug. 21
Xu Bing: Phoenix
Directed by Daniel Traub; Icarus Films, Documentary
The film Xu Bing: Phoenix documents the process of creating the work through to its installation at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).
International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts 2013
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
Directed by Matthew Akers; Music Box Films, Documentary
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits––and at times risking her life in the process––she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us.
"A moving and masterfully constructed exploration of what makes art—or anything else—worth doing in the first place." — Salon
Chris Marker's Bestiary
Directed by Chris Marker; Icarus Films, 5 Short Films
Animals in Chris Marker's films often function as cultural or political metaphors ("A cat is never on the side of power," Marker has explained). In this anthology of short films, however, Marker avoids the commercial cinema's tendency to anthropomorphize animals in favor of a simple celebration of their exotic beauty, primal nature and mystery.
Friday, Aug. 28
We Are Twisted F***ing Sister
Directed by Andrew Horn; Music Box Films, Documentary
The mesmerizing, wickedly appealing and never-before-told story of the ten grueling years leading up to the band’s legendary career, recounted directly by the band themselves, their managers and their biggest fans.
"Insightful and engaging, with archival footage that truly rocks... An illuminating breakdown of how [Twisted] succeeded in the rock business." — The LA Times
Directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga; Music Box Films, Narrative
Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club denizen Nora, the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes an Angolan crime lord relentlessly seeking the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline.
"A bold crime action film that’s vicious, sexy and throbbingly realistic." —The Hollywood Reporter
With the help of an unprecedented collaborative effort by eight of the most noteworthy, independent film distribution companies in the U.S., Docuseek, LLC launched an innovative, new, subscription video-on-demand service, OVID.tv.
OVID provides North American viewers with access to thousands of documentaries, independent films, and notable works of international cinema, largely unavailable on any other platform.
OVID’s initial offerings fall into roughly three categories: a) powerful films addressing urgent political and social issues, such as climate change, and economic justice; b) in-depth selections of creative documentaries by world-famous directors; and c) cutting-edge arthouse feature and genre films by contemporary directors as well as established masters. And new films in all three areas will be added to the OVID collection every week.
OVID is an initiative of Docuseek, LLC, which operates Docuseek, a streaming service for colleges and universities which was established in 2012, streaming a library of over 1600 titles.
The eight founding content partners are:
THE DGENERATE FILMS COLLECTION
DISTRIB FILMS US
FIRST RUN FEATURES
WOMEN MAKE MOVIES
Learn more about OVID at https://www.ovid.tv/.