Oscar-Winning Film ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Scores China Release Date

The film, which won its star, Casey Affleck, his first Oscar, has finally secured a release date in China after passing censorship in May.

Official film still from ‘Manchester by the Sea.’ Photo: Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios’s Oscar-winning film Manchester by the Sea has scored an August 25 release date for China — nine months after its North American debut.

In May, the film, which won its star, Casey Affleck, his first Oscar, was approved by Chinese censors to screen in the world’s second-largest movie market.

The film is not expected to get a wide release. Instead, it will be screened at cinemas across the country that are signed up to the National Arthouse Film Alliance.

The alliance is made up of 100 cinemas in 31 major cities across China that will show special titles from both China and overseas.

Manchester by the Sea, which also stars Michelle Williams, is the story of a man who must decide whether to take care of his nephew after the death of his brother.

The critically acclaimed film which was sold to Amazon for $10 million, crossed the $75 million global box office milestone earlier this year.

Amazon became the first online streaming service to win an Academy Award when it took home Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay for Manchester By The Sea, as well as Best Foreign Language Film for Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman.

In March, video streaming service iQiyi announced it had secured exclusive streaming rights to The Salesman as well as Academy Award-winning films Moonlight and La La Land.