Netflix Gets In On The First Run Movies Game With Oscar-Qualified Egyptian Uprising Doc The Square


Well, why not? Netflix's gamble on original scripted series programming proved an unadulterated success, with House of Cards winning Emmys and now heading into a third season and Orange is the New Black the newest cultural phenomenon and all. Now they want a cut of the feature film business.

Washington Post reports the former DVDs-by-mail service has acquired first run rights to The Square, Jehane Noujaim's documentary about the Egyptian uprising that began in 2011. An earlier version of the film won the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, before Noujaim returned to Egypt to film more of the ongoing conflict.

In addition to streaming on Netflix in 2014, the film is also currently playing in theaters in New York and Los Angeles, which means one thing: It's now qualified to be nominated for an Oscar. Seeing that it's just been nominated for the International Documentary Association's IDA Documentary Awards, along with Oscar favorites like Blackfish and Stories We Tell, another gold statue for Netflix may not be out of the question

The trailer for The Square is below.


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