World Cinema Wednesdays Launches March 3, 2021

Hollywood Suite is thrilled to announce an agreement with Mongrel Media to bring over 20 premium titles to the service over the next year. The deal includes the Iranian animated feature Persepolis (2007), which will kick off Hollywood Suite’s recurring World Cinema Wednesdays initiative, designed to highlight great films from around the globe. The award-winning film, which tells the story of a young girl growing up amidst the Islamic Revolution in Iran, premieres March 3, 2021 and will be available On Demand.  

The deal will also bring Sun Children (2020) to Hollywood Suite, which has been shortlisted for Best International Feature for the 2021 Academy Awards.  Additional highlights of films in the partnership include: Bandar Band (2020), RBG (2018), A Fantastic Woman (2017), The Lobster (2014), The Lunchbox (2013), A Royal Affair (2012) and Let the Right One In (2008). 

“With a multicultural country like Canada, there is a surprising lack of choice when it comes to the availability of foreign and independent films on streaming services,” said Andrew Frank, Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions at Mongrel Media. “That is why Mongrel is so excited to collaborate with Hollywood Suite in their effort – and vision – in recognizing this underserved segment.”

“Mongrel is known for choosing compelling titles both internationally and here at home,” said Sharon Stevens, Vice President, Programming for Hollywood Suite. “Persepolis is the perfect film to kick off World Cinema Wednesdays and we are doubly excited that all of the March WCW titles are directed by women.”

In addition to Persepolis (2007), Hollywood Suite’s World Cinema Wednesdays March lineup features Claire Denis’ Beau Travail (1999), Natalie Portman’s A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015), Rubaiyat Hossain’s Made in Bangladesh (2019) and Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Brussels (1975)All five titles will be available On Demand in March.