Video-on-demand platform Mubi is bolstering an already bumper summer of deals, signing with Paul Thomas Anderson for the exclusive worldwide premiere of his latest film.
In the documentary Junun, the director joins his close friend and collaborator Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and Israeli musician Shye Ben Tzur on a trip to the Indian state of Rajasthan. In a 15th century fort in Jodhpur they build a makeshift studio and, along with a group of musicians from across the Indian sub-continent, work on Ben Tzur's new album.
Junun now will have its exclusive worldwide premiere on Mubi on Oct. 9 following its opening at the New York Film Festival a day earlier.
"We're huge fans of Mubi and wanted to be a part of what they do," said Anderson. "Hopefully people will discover both the music that's been made by Shye and Jonny and a great place to watch films."
Mubi founder and CEO Efe Cakarel added: "The founding vision of Mubi was to build a place where a director such as Paul Thomas Anderson could premiere a unique film like Junun. To be here today is not only an honor and a significant milestone but a realization of everything we dreamed of in the beginning."
The announcement follows recent multi-year licensing arrangements with Paramount and Sony and Mubi's first theatrical deal, which will see Miguel Gomes' Cannes-bowing three-parter Arabian Nights land in U.K. cinemas. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter last month, Cakarel revealed that the company would be making similar acquisitions going forward.