LONDON — Exhibition chain Curzon Cinemas is to give a theatrical release in the U.K. to Netflix’s first original movie, “Beasts of No Nation,” which is written and directed by Cary Fukunaga and stars Idris Elba.
The movie will open across the U.K. on Oct. 9, following its U.K. premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 8. Netflix debuts the movie in all territories where the streaming service is available on Oct. 16.
“Beasts of No Nation” screened to critical acclaim at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals in September. Newcomer Abraham Attah, who stars as Agu in the film, was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni Young Actor Award at Venice for his lead role in the film.
The movie is based on the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Elba dominates the screen in the role of Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war.
The film is produced by Amy Kaufman and Fukunaga, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Dan Crown for Red Crown Productions, along with Elba.