Netflix acquires history-making African film, Where the Road Runs Out
Where the Road Runs Out, the first film to ever shoot in Equatorial Guinea and picked up by Fairway Film Alliance, has been acquired by Netflix for US and partial foreign (Canada, The UK, Australia, New Zealand and English speaking African countries) distribution.
The film, which premiered at and won best narrative film at the San Diego Film Festival in 2014, is directed by Rudolf Buitendach and stars Isaach De Bankole, Juliet Landau, Stelio Savante and Sizo Matsoko.
A Rotterdam-based respected scientist and lecturer (Isaach De Bankole) has grown weary of the world of academia. The sudden death of an old friend who has been running a field research station in Africa gives him the incentive he needs to turn his back on his academia and return to his African roots. Arriving in Equatorial Guinea he finds the field station in a state of disrepair. Through a local boy Jimi, his jaded eyes are opened to the possibilities of life there. Jimi also introduces him to Corina (Juliet Landau) who runs the local orphanage and a tentative but heartfelt romance begins. With the unexpected arrival of George’s old friend Martin (Stelio Savante), George discovers there are many obstacles on the road to redemption... and many more where the road runs out.
Lensed in Equatorial Guinea, South Africa and the Netherlands; the indie has also won awards at Sunscreen Film Festival, Helsinki African Film Festival, and has also featured and been warmly received at the Pan African Film Festival, AFI Silver and Heartland Film Festival.
Netflix is planning for an early 2017 release in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and English speaking African countries. The deal was brokered by US Distribution/Production Company Fairway Film Alliance and Ocean Avenue Entertainment (Chris Bueno).
Fairway Film Alliance is a Los Angeles-based full service independent film sales agency and production company, founded by long time indie film veteran, Marty Poole. Fairway Film Alliance along with Rogue Arts has distributed or produced films that have appeared in the Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, and Toronto Film Festival. Earlier in 2016, Lionsgate released Fairway Film Alliance's family film Army Dog starring Casper Van Dien, Grace Van Dien and Stelio Savante.
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Source: Media update 9 June 2016