September 30, 2019
Arthouse distributor Kino Lorber is launching a transactional VOD platform, Kino Now, showcasing more than 600 new releases, classics, and award-winning international films.
Titles are available for digital rental and purchase.
An additional 600 films will be added over the next several months, according to the company.
Kino Now will also offer exclusive early access to new theatrical releases, festival hits and exclusive titles not available on other streaming platforms or not yet available on home video, according to Kino Lorber.
The platform will also include special “bundle” offerings of selected hard-to-find titles as well as collections from renowned filmmakers. Collections include themes such as “Episodic Cinema,” featuring international TV series (including “Deutschland 83,” and the Emmy Award-nominated “Bad Banks”); Documentary Series & Extended Play (including Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth); Auteur Collections built around filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Lina Wertmüller and Fritz Lang; and the Pioneers of Cinema restorations of the early works of African American filmmakers and the first women filmmakers.
The Playlist section will soon recommend personalized, specially curated selections that will be regularly updated, tied in with major international film festivals, holidays and cultural events, according to Kino Lorber.
They will also be curated around themes such as Italian, French and German cinema, Hispanic Heritage, Festival Winners & Oscar Runs, Euro Horror, Director’s Spotlights, First Films, and Staff Picks.
The site will be annually refreshed with more than 50 new theatrical releases from Kino Lorber’s first run and repertory divisions and more than 500 yearly additional titles as “festival direct” exclusives and indie art house digital premieres, according to the company.
“We’ve been leaders in building a direct to consumer business with physical media and now is the time to assert our leadership in the direct to digital space,” said Richard Lorber, president and CEO of Kino Lorber, in a statement. “Our superb library will be continually enhanced by the coming of newly acclaimed and award winning theatrical releases. We believe a younger generation of cinema lovers will embrace our collection as a kind of art house iTunes with Kino Now putting at their fingertips cinema masterworks of the past and the classics of tomorrow.”
New titles coming soon to Kino Now include Rick Alverson’s The Mountain, starring Tye Sheridan and Jeff Goldblum; Chinese auteur Bi Gan’s box office hit Long Day’s Journey into Night; Lila Avilés’ The Chambermaid (Mexico’s current official Oscar submission); Franco Rosso’s 1980s British reggae hit Babylon; and international documentaries such as Walking on Water, an intimate portrait of the artist Christo, and the climate change film Anthropocene: The Human Epoch.
Current selections include new arthouse hits such as Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini (starring Willem Dafoe), and Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s Diamantino; new restorations of repertory re-releases, such as Frank Simon’s queer drag classic The Queen; critically-acclaimed documentaries such as Alexandra Dean’s Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, Matt Tyrnauer’s Studio 54, and Pamela Green’s Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché; and classics of world cinema from directors such as Jean-Luc Godard (Alphaville, The Image Book), Jean-Pierre Melville (Bob le Flambeur), Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad), and a collection of seven films by Lina Wertmüller, the first woman nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and upcoming recipient of the Academy Honorary Award.
The service is available on Roku and will be available soon on AppleTV, Amazon Fire, and more, according to Kino Lorber.