FOUR NETFLIX FILMS ADDED TO THE CRITERION COLLECTION

FOUR NETFLIX FILMS ADDED TO THE CRITERION COLLECTION

Hollywood, Calif. January 24, 2020 - Netflix is proud to announce that Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s American Factory 美国工厂, and Mati Diop’s Atlantics will join the Criterion Collection in 2020.  These four films will join Alfonso Cuaron's three-time Academy Award winning ROMA, which was previously announced as the first Netflix film to receive a home video debut via the Criterion Collection.  ROMA will be available on Criterion DVD and Blu-ray on February 11.


Premiering on Netflix and in theaters in 2019, this collection of films from legendary filmmakers will join the important classic and contemporary films in the Criterion library.


The Irishman premiered at the 2019 New York Film Festival and was immediately embraced by cinema lovers. The film went on to premiere internationally at the London Film Festival and screen in countless festivals globally, and then debuted in theaters on November 1, 2019 and on Netflix November 27.  The film received five Golden Globe nominations, ten BAFTA nominations, and ten Academy Award nominations, in addition to being named Best Film of the Year by the National Board of Review and NY Film Critics Circle. With his ninth Directing nomination, Martin Scorsese is the most-nominated living director in Academy history.

Marriage Story premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, followed by the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival and the London International Film Festival. The film, which began its theatrical release on November 6, 2019 and released on Netflix on December 6, has become one of the most critically acclaimed and celebrated films of the year. Marriage Story won Best Film at the Gotham Awards and received six Golden Globe nominations, the most of any film, with Laura Dern winning the Golden Globe and the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress. This was followed by six Academy Award nominations. It has received multiple SAG, BAFTA and PGA nominations. 

American Factory 美国工厂 premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert won the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary. Produced with Participant Media, American Factory is the first title presented by President and Mrs. Obama’s Higher Ground Productions. Since its August release, the film has gone on to become one of the most honored documentaries of the year, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary as well as the Best Documentary BAFTA award. For Reichert, American Factory 美国工厂 marks her fourth Oscar nomination in a pioneering, fifty year filmmaking career.

Atlantics premiered in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Prix. The film is Diop’s feature directorial debut and she is the first black woman to compete for the Palme d’Or at Cannes.  The film went on to play the Toronto Film Festival, where Diop was awarded the inaugural Mary Pickford Award, recognizing emerging female talent. Atlantics was on the Academy shortlist for the Best International Feature Film Oscar and Diop received a DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director.  

Each Criterion Collection release will include exclusive behind-the-scenes content, special features and a filmmaker-supervised master.  The ROMA Criterion release will include Road to Roma, a new documentary about the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Cuarón, as well as many other special features.

FILM SYNOPSES

THE IRISHMAN

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics. 

MARRIAGE STORY

MARRIAGE STORY is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta co-star.

ATLANTICS

After a group of unpaid construction workers disappears at sea one night in search of a better life abroad, the women they have left behind in Dakar are overwhelmed with a mysterious fever.  Ada, 17, secretly grieves for her love Souleiman, one of the departed workers, but she has been promised to another man. After a fire breaks out on her wedding night, a young policeman is sent to investigate the crime. Little does he know that the aggrieved workers have come back as haunting, possessive spirits.  While many of them seek vengeance for their unpaid labor, Souleiman has come back for a different purpose - to be with his Ada one last time. Atlantics is the 2019 Grand Prix winner at Cannes Film Festival and marks the feature narrative debut for director Mati Diop. 

AMERICAN FACTORY 美国工厂

From Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy Award®-winners Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” “A Lion in the House,” “Union Maids,” “Seeing Red”) comes AMERICAN FACTORY 美国工厂, a Netflix Original Documentary presented by Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media. The acclaimed film takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans still recovering from the effects of the 2008 recession. Working side-by-side with experienced Chinese workers, the locals are optimistic about the future for the first time in almost a decade. But early days of hope give way to setbacks as high-tech China collides with working-class America, and issues of language and culture become seemingly insurmountable walls between clashing factions.

 

MORE ABOUT THE CRITERION RELEASE OF ROMA

ROMA

With his eighth and most personal film, Alfonso Cuarón recreated the early-1970s Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio, in a revelatory screen debut), the indigenous domestic worker who keeps the household running. Charged with the care of four small children abandoned by their father, Cleo tends to the family even as her own life is shaken by personal and political upheavals. Written, directed, shot, and coedited by Cuarón, Roma is a labor of love with few parallels in the history of cinema, deploying monumental black-and-white cinematography, an immersive soundtrack, and a mixture of professional and nonprofessional performances to shape its author's memories into a world of enveloping texture, and to pay tribute to the woman who nurtured him.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 4K digital master, supervised by director Alfonso Cuarón, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray

  • Road to "Roma," a new documentary about the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Cuarón

  • Snapshots from the Set, a new documentary featuring actors Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, producers Gabriela Rodríguez and Nicolás Celis, production designer Eugenio Caballero, casting director Luis Rosales, executive producer David Linde, and others

  • New documentaries about the film's sound and postproduction processes, featuring Cuarón; Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay, and Craig Henighan from the postproduction sound team; editor Adam Gough; postproduction supervisor Carlos Morales; and finishing artist Steven J. Scott

  • New documentary about the film's ambitious theatrical campaign and social impact in Mexico, featuring Celis and Rodríguez

  • Nothing at Stake, a new video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada

  • Trailers

  • Alternate French subtitles and Spanish SDH for the film

  • PLUS: Essays by novelist Valeria Luiselli and historian Enrique Krauze, along with (Blu-ray only) writing by author Aurelio Asiain and production-design images with notes by Caballero

2018 * 135 minutes * Black & White * Dolby Atmos/ 5.1 surround * In Spanish and Mixtec with English subtitles * 2.39:1 aspect ratio


CONTACTS:

Netflix - Emily Feingold - efeingold@netflix.com

Criterion - Courtney Ott - courtney@cineticmedia.com