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Netflix makes Dutch movie move

Scripted-logo-460_2riphagenNetflix has prebought Dutch war film Riphagen, snagging rights for all of its global footprint except the Benelux.

The World War II thriller stars Jeroen van Koningsbrugge and, according to its distributor Dutch Features, marks a first for the US streaming service.

“The scope of the acquired rights is unique. Never before has Netflix acquired all worldwide rights to a Dutch film,” said Pim van Collem, CEO of Dutch Features Global Entertainment.

“The fact that Netflix took the decision to purchase the film even before it was finished is a great milestone for our company and for Dutch films.”

The deal for Pupkin and VPRO-produced Riphagen is actually an extension of an agreement inked last week that saw Netflix acquire a four-strong package of finished Dutch and international films.

The Dutch Features-distributed titles in that deal were Bon Bini Holland, A Noble Intention, and Israeli offering Suicide, and Croatian movie You Carry Me.