Best Documentary Oscar Nominee ‘To Kill a Tiger’ Streaming on Netflix

The Oscar-nominated documentary To Kill a Tiger began streaming on Netflix March 10, the day of the Academy Awards.

The Best Documentary Feature statuette went to 20 Days in Mariupol.

To Kill a Tiger follows the story of Ranjit, a farmer in Jharkhand, India, who takes on the fight of his life when he demands justice for his 13-year-old daughter, the victim of sexual assault. The documentary highlights Ranjit’s unwavering support for his daughter and the bravery of a family willing to risk everything for justice.

“It’s been a long, fascinating 9 year journey with To Kill a Tiger and to be here at this juncture — to announce we’re releasing globally on Netflix on March 10th, Oscar Sunday, we simply couldn’t have asked for anything better,” director Nisha Pahuja said in a statement. “I’m filled with gratitude for all the partners along the way — our co-Producer the National Film Board of Canada, our Canadian Broadcasters TVO and the Knowledge Network, and our supporters Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds. We’d not be here without them or without the support of an extraordinary group of Executive Producers. All of us who have made this film could not be happier than to be showcasing this epic labour of love and the story of Ranjit and his family on Netflix.”

“I’m so pleased that the world will be able to see this film on Netflix,” executive producer Mindy Kaling said in a statement. “Once you witness this beautiful story of one family’s resilience and strength, you won’t be the same. I loved this film, and you will too.”

“I am immensely proud to back the team behind this project,” executive producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas said in a statement. “As an artist and filmmaker, it’s a privilege to utilize the power of cinema to bring attention to stories like To Kill a Tiger. While this particular story originates from India, it reflects a universal issue — sexual violence is a daily occurrence globally, yet it remains largely unreported. I am eager for global audiences to uncover our story on Netflix, and my hope is that it will shift people’s perspectives, spark introspection, provoke dialogue, and lead to action.” 

“I’m beyond thrilled for Nisha and the creative team behind this powerful piece of cinema and the group of women who worked relentlessly to get this film out into the world,” executive producer Dev Patel said in a statement. “I had a visceral reaction to To Kill a Tiger when I first saw it and there was simply no question that I had to get involved to make sure audiences and the industry took note. The world is in for something truly remarkable in this gripping story of resilience and love. We’re honoured that Netflix agrees. It’s the perfect home”

“I’m so honoured to be a part of this transformative documentary, which has already created fundamental change in the world,” executive producer Rupi Kaur said in a statement. “Kiran and Ranjit’s story has struck a chord with me since I first heard it — how, during the most terrifying circumstance in her life, Kiran, at such a young age, chose to fight for justice against her perpetrators, and how her father, Ranjit, fought for her every step of the way. As a survivor myself, it moves me to see that their brave journey is being recognized on a global stage through this Oscar nomination and Netflix premiere. I’m excited to see this film create even more transformative change for survivors of sexual assault.”

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To Kill a Tiger has amassed 27 awards, including three Canadian Screen Awards, Best Documentary at the 2023 Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature Film. The film has received support from fellow filmmakers and activists in the industry including Impact Partners, Equality Now, SAKHI for South Asian Women and others, along with executive producers Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Citadel, Quantico), NYT best-selling poet Rupi Kaur, AC Films Inc’s Andy Cohen, NFB’s Anita Lee, Atul Gawande, Andrew Dragoumis, Minor Realm’s Samarth Sahni, Deepa Mehta,Shivani Rawat (ShivHans Pictures), Mona Sinha (Equality Now), Mala Gaonkar (Surgo Foundation), Regina Scully, Anita Bhatia, Niraj Bhatia, Deepa Mehta, Priya Doraswamy, Jason Loftus, Cornelia Principe and others. The film was produced by Cornelia Principe, Notice Pictures Inc’s Nisha Pahuja and the NFB’s David Oppenheim.

 

‘American Hustle’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Steelbook May 21

The 2013 Oscar-lauded feature American Hustle will be released in a limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook combo pack on May 21 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, in time for its 10th anniversary.

The combo pack includes the film on 4K Ultra Blu-ray, Blu-ray Disc and digital.

The crime drama earned a global gross of $251 million on a budget of $40 million and picked up 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

In the film from director David O. Russell, scam artists and lovers Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are entrapped by ambitious FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) and coerced into participating in a major sting operation that hinges on snaring crooked politician Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) and his associates. Complicating matters is Irving’s wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), who could bring the whole operation crashing down around them all. 

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The film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, featuring English Dolby Atmos + 5.1 audio, with HDR and Atmos approved by director David O. Russell. Special features on the 4K disc include 15 minutes of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes and the theatrical trailer. Special features on the included Blu-ray Disc are 11 deleted and extended scenes and “The Making of American Hustle.”

Oscar-Nominated Doc ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ Headed to HBO, HBO Max March 19, Digital Feb. 28

The Oscar-nominated HBO documentary film All the Beauty and the Bloodshed debuts March 19 on HBO and on HBO Max.

The film will be available to rent or own digitally beginning Feb. 28.
 
From Participant, Neon and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras (HBO and Participant’s Citizenfour), the film is an interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, interviews, photography, archival family snapshots and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the opioid overdose crisis.
 
The critically acclaimed film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in the main competition, where it became the second documentary ever to win the Golden Lion for best film. It was the only film to play at Venice, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival in 2022. The film was only the second documentary to be selected as the centerpiece for New York Film Festival.
 
The political film interweaves Goldin’s past and present, from the actions of Prescription Addiction Intervention Now (P.A.I.N.) at renowned art institutions to Goldin’s photography of her friends and peers through her epic “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” and her legendary 1989 NEA-censored AIDS exhibition “Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing.” 

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In these works, Goldin captures her friendships with beauty and raw tenderness. These friendships, and the legacy of her late sister Barbara Holly Goldin, anchor all of Goldin’s art and are integral to the film. Goldin’s early experiences in suburbia and the effect of toxic families led to her ongoing resistance against a society that oppresses the most stigmatized.
 
The film follows P.A.I.N., a group Goldin founded to shame museums into rejecting Sackler money, destigmatize addiction, and promote harm reduction. Inspired by Act Up, the group orchestrated protests to expose the Sacklers and the crimes of their Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin.
 
The film garnered top film critic awards including Best Documentary from the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and National Society of Film Critics. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed has also been nominated for the BAFTA, Independent Spirit, ACE Eddie, and DGA awards.

Apple Original ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ Wins BAFTA Award

Apple Original Films’ Academy Award nominee The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse won the BAFTA Award for Best British Short Animation.

The winners of the 2023 EE British Academy Film Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on Feb. 19.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, based on the book by Charlie Mackesy, follows the unlikely friendship of a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse traveling together in the boy’s search for home. The film, featuring Mackesy’s distinctive illustrations brought to life in full color with hand-drawn animation, stars BAFTA Award winner Tom Hollander as The Mole, SAG Award winner Idris Elba as The Fox, Golden Globe Award winner Gabriel Byrne as The Horse, and newcomer Jude Coward Nicoll as The Boy.

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The film was also recently honored with an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film, seven Annie Award nominations and an NAACP Image Awards nod for Outstanding Short Form (Animated) film.

Oscar-Lauded ‘Women Talking’ Due on Digital Feb. 21, Disc March 7

Orion Pictures’ Academy Award-nominated drama Women Talking will be available to own on digital Feb 21 from MGM, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

An adaptation of Miriam Toews’s internationally best-selling novel of the same name and inspired by true events, the film, about a remote colony’s fight for freedom against all odds, follows the women of an isolated religious community who grapple with reconciling their reality with their faith.

The film has been nominated for two Oscars, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top 10 films of 2022 by the National Board of Review and American Film Institute.
 
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Written and directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Sarah Polley, Women Talking stars Academy Award winner Frances McDormand (Nomadland, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Critic’s Choice Award winner Rooney Mara (Carol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Emmy Award winner Claire Foy (“The Crown,” First Man), BAFTA Award winner Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter, Wild Rose), and Sheila McCarthy (I’ve Heard the Mermaids Sing), along with Emmy Award winner Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal,” No Time to Die).

‘The Whale’ Headed to Blu-ray and DVD March 14 From A24 and Lionsgate

The drama The Whale, which earned Brendan Fraser an Oscar nom for Best Actor, arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD March 14 from A24 and Lionsgate.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, mother!), and based on the play by Samuel D. Hunter, The Whale follows the story of a reclusive English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.
 
The film has also earned Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for Hong Chau, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Anne Marie Bradley.

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The Whale also stars Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton (2003, Best Actress, In America), Sadie Sink (TV’s “Stranger Things”) and Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World, Avengers: Endgame, Iron Man 3, TV’s “The Guiding Light”).

Oscar Shortlisted Doc ‘Children of the Mist’ Due on Digital and DVD Feb. 14

Film Movement will release the documentary Children of the Mist, which was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, on digital and DVD Feb. 14.

In a village hidden in the mist-shrouded Northwest Vietnamese mountains resides an indigenous Hmong community, home to 12-year-old Di, part of the first generation of her people with access to formal education. A free spirit, Di happily recounts her experiences to Vietnamese filmmaker Hà Lệ Diễm, who planted herself within Di’s family over the course of three years to document this unique coming of age. As Di grows older, her carefree childhood gives way to an impulsive and sensitive adolescence, a dangerous temperament for what will happen next; in this insular community, girls must still endure the controversial but accepted tradition of “bride kidnapping.” One night, when the young girl’s parents return home from celebrating the Lunar New Year, they are shocked to find their house is silent: Di has disappeared.

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Diễm’s documentary debut is a tender portrait of a community on the cusp between tradition and modernity, and one girl tragically stuck in the middle.

The film was the winner of the Best Directing award at IDFA and Best International Film at DocAviv.

 

Oscar-Lauded ‘Cyrano’ Headed to Blu-ray and DVD April 19

Cyrano, nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD April 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

A re-imagining of the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle, the film follows Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage), who dazzles with both ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay but is convinced that his appearance makes him unworthy of the love of his devoted friend Roxanne (Haley Bennett). Roxanne has fallen in love at first sight with Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.).

Special features include a making-of featurette.

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Samba TV Data: ‘Don’t Look Up’ Most Viewed, ‘Nightmare Alley’ Posts Biggest Post-Nom Viewership Jump Among Best Picture Oscar Contenders

Netflix’s Don’t Look Up has tallied the most views, while Nightmare Alley — streaming on both Hulu and HBO Max — has garnered the most views post nomination, according to a Samba TV analysis of the streaming patterns of films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Don’t Look Up has swept the others with nearly double the viewership of runner-up Dune since it premiered. The darkly comic satire has been viewed by 10.3 million households vs. 5.3 million households for the sci-fi film based on the Frank Herbert novel. (Note: Data does not take into account the fact that some titles were available for longer periods of time.)

CODA, streaming on Apple TV+, tallied the highest increase in percentage of viewership from pre-Oscar announcement to post, although it trailed in overall viewership.

Meanwhile, viewers in  Los Angeles, where many of the Oscar voters live, preferred West Side Story, which started streaming March 2 on HBO Max and Disney+.

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While Don’t Look Up has garnered the most views, only 6% of its views occurred post-nominations, while every other title clocked more than twice that percentage uptick (averaging 15%) during that time. 

“There is a tight race forming for this year’s best picture,” Cole Strain, Samba TV’s VP of measurement products, said in a statement. “While much of the media attention has focused on frontrunners like CODA and The Power of the Dog, if streaming audiences decided the winner, then we might be in for an upset for either Nightmare Alley, which has picked up streaming momentum since February, or Don’t Look Up, which has been streamed by more households than any other best picture nominee. If Academy voters who live in Los Angeles have their way, we might see another upset, as Los Angeles seems to have embraced West Side Story as the only movie to overindex in the market, perhaps giving Steven Spielberg the inside track to pick up another best picture win.”

Samba TV tracks 46 million addressable TV devices globally.

Whip Media: ‘Don’t Look Up’ Most-Viewed Best Picture Oscar Nominee

Netflix’s Don’t Look Up is the most-viewed Best Picture Academy Award nominee, according to data from Whip Media’s TV Time app.

Ahead of the Oscars March 27, Whip Media gathered data on the Best Picture nominees with the most views. 

The analysis is based on data insights from Whip’s TV Time app, which has 21 million registered users globally following their favorite shows and movies on the app. 

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The 10 Best Picture nominees ranked based on view share according to Whip Media’s TV Time app:

1. Don’t Look Up
2. Dune
3. West Side Story
4. Nightmare Alley
5. The Power of the Dog
6. King Richard
7. Licorice Pizza
8. CODA
9. Belfast
10. Drive My Car