A “supersimultaneous” release by NonStop Entertainment
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- On the same night, Yi’nan Diao’s Berlinale winner, Black Coal, Thin Ice, will be released theatrically, on VoD and on free TV
Swedish distributor NonStop Entertainment has previously launched films theatrically and on VoD at the same time; but for Chinese director Yi’nan Diao’s award-winning thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice, it has prepared a “supersimultaneous release” on Friday 30 January.
“Inspired by Film4 UK’s success with Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England [+see also:
interview: Ben Wheatley
film profile], we will premiere the film simultaneously in the cinemas, on VoD via SF Anytime and on Swedish pubcaster SVT2 – and we are looking to explore this idea even further,” explained NonStop Entertainment’s acquisitions and distribution manager, Jakob Abrahamsson.
NonStop has pioneered the possibilities of simultaneous theatrical-VoD openings for such movies as US director Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Irish filmmaker Nick Ryan’s The Summit [+see also:
film profile] and UK director Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril [+see also:
interview: George Mackay
film profile]. Next up on the schedule is Danish director Lone Scherfig’s UK production The Riot Club [+see also:
film profile] (13 February).
A noir thriller set in modern-day China and following an ex-cop and his ex-partner as they investigate a series of murders identical to the killings that cost them both their careers, Black Coal, Thin Ice won both the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bear for Best Actor (for Fan Liao) at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival, adding the Golden Horse to its trophy shelf at Taipei.