Entertainment One has pacted with Focus Features to release select titles from its recently launched digital premiere label Focus World on DVD in the U.S.
The first two films to be released under the agreement will be Thomas Vinterberg’s “Submarino” and Alma Har’el’s “Bombay Beach.” Latter pic, which won the documentary prize at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, debuted digitally on Nov. 1 in advance of its DVD premiere in January.
Launched earlier this year as a Focus Features digital distribution initiative, Focus World identifies and curates the most exciting voices in international and independent cinema. Focus World, which is part of Focus Features’ multi-platform strategy, will release films on EST, iVOD, and VOD, along with DVD and other formats.
“We are thrilled to be working with Focus Features and to align our company with an innovative brand like Focus World, which is striving to present quality, daring and bold filmmaking to consumers,” said Michael E. Rosenberg, Entertainment One U.S.’ film & distribution prexy.
Set in modern-day Copenhagen, “Submarino” tells the story of two brothers, long estranged and haunted by a dark secret buried in their past. Vinterberg’s earlier film “The Celebration” is also part of Focus Features’ library and is now available on various platforms, including iTunes, for the first time.
Boaz Yakin produced “Bombay Beach,” which paints a stylized portrait of a forgotten California town and its unique inhabitants. Docu, which has played at festivals around the world, is set to the music of Beirut and Bob Dylan.