Amazon Angles for Oscar via Exclusive Deal for ‘Broken Circle Breakdown’

Belgian pic, Oscar-nommed for best foreign language film, now available on e-retailer's Prime Instant Video service

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Netflix secured rights for documentary “The Square” a few months before the film received an Oscar nomination.

Now rival Amazon.com is playing that game, too: The Internet giant struck a content-licensing agreement with Tribeca Film that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for streaming of Oscar-nommed “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” as well as several other documentary and feature films.

“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” directed by Belgium’s Felix van Groeningen, was theatrically released in the fall of 2013 and is one of five nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s 86th Academy Awards. Pic is a romantic drama about a love affair between a tattoo artist (Veerle Baetens, “The White Queen”) and a bluegrass musician (Johan Heldenbergh). The Flemish-language film was written by van Groeningen and Carl Joos.

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Amazon’s deal with New York-based distributor Tribeca Film also includes streaming rights to 2013 doc “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” featuring Susan Sarandon, Arianna Huffington and Russell Simmons, as well as “Greetings from Tim Buckley,” “Sparrows Dance” and animated children’s film “Moon Man.”

“Broken Circle” comes to Amazon Prime Instant Video on Thursday (Feb. 20),  10 days before the Oscars. “The Academy has honored The Broken Circle Breakdown with a nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category and we are excited to bring this engaging film to Prime members,” Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, said in a statement.

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video is available to members of the $79-per-year free-shipping program, which includes unlimited access to a library of streaming video, including Amazon Studios original series. Prime Instant Video “is an ideal way for our films to be discovered by a highly targeted audience who we feel is looking for this type of content,”  Tribeca Film GM Todd Green commented.

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