Classic movie streamer Cultpix has struck a deal with Polish cultural institution WFDiF – Documentary and Feature Film Studios (Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych) for a season of exciting Polish cinema classics from the 1980s and early 1990s.
Among the titles featured in the season are Krzysztof Nowak’s “What Do the Tigers Like: (1989); Andrzej Barański’s “Bachelor Life in a Foreign Country” (1992); Roman Zalewski’s “Hey Carol” (1985); Richard Beer’s “Thais” (1983); Marek Koterski’s “Porn” (1990); and Jacek Bromski’s The Art of Loving (1989).
The deal was revealed at the ongoing Cannes Film Market, where Cultpix has expanded its deals with previously signed film libraries — The Playmaker Munich in Germany, as well as Echelon Studios and Vinegar Syndrome from the US — to more than 250 films set to be released later in 2023. And in early 2024.
Cultpix celebrated its second anniversary in April and has added over 1,000 titles since its launch. In addition to the WFDiF deal, the operator had previous partnerships with the British Film Institute, the Danish Film Institute, Ukraine’s Dovzhenko Centre, the Czech Republic’s National Film Archive, the Hungarian National Film Archive and the Swedish Film Institute.
Earlier this year, Cultpix signed deals with Deaf Crocodile (US), Rapid Eye Movies (Germany), Le chat qui fume (France), and Kadokawa Daiei (Japan). In all, the streamer has agreements with 45 content libraries and partners, adding five to 10 titles each week to the platform.
Rikard Gramfors, CEO and co-founder of Cultpix, said: “We are delighted to add this exciting comedy and drama from Poland which gives a more accurate view of life in the former Eastern Bloc countries before and after 1989. In addition, Cultpix will also have a season of ‘Easterns’. Hungarians (Westerners in the Socialist Era) this summer. Expanded deals with several existing partners also demonstrate the industry’s belief in the viability of niche broadcast platforms with a unique focus.”