By Sahil Patel
Netflix now has exclusive rights to two documentary films that have a shot at winning an Academy Award.
The company just acquired “Lady in Number 6: How Music Saved My Life,” about the late Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer, who died earlier this week at the age of 110. The film documents her life as a concert pianist and Holocaust survivor, whose remarkable talent allowed her to stay alive in a Nazi concentration camp.
The film will be available on Netflix in the US and Canada on April 1. Until then, a limited theatrical release is planned for the film worldwide.
“Lady in Number 6” was directed by Oscar-winner Malcolm Clarke and produced by Clarke and Nicholas Reed. It’s nominated in the Best Documentary Short category.
“The Square,” a documentary film from Jehane Noujaim is nominated in the feature-length Best Documentary category. Unlike “Lady in Number 6,” Netflix defines “The Square,” which provides an on-the-ground account of the Egyptian Revolution, as a Netflix Original.
Interestingly, “The Square,” which has had trouble finding legal distribution in Egypt (for obvious reasons), was just uploaded to YouTube for free.