"Countdown" to SPI International’s New Theatrical Release Starring Elizabeth Lail As Cinemas Reopen in Israel

SPI International and Red Cape Distribution partner to bring thriller “Countdown”, starring Elizabeth Lail from Netflix’s popular series YOU, to Israel. The theatrical release which is set for May 27, 2021, marks the expansion of SPI International’s distribution arm in the region.

SPI International continues to expand its distribution arm across the globe. The global media company has partnered with Red Cape Distribution to bring horror/thriller movie “Countdown” to theaters in Israel. The date of the theatrical release is scheduled May 27, 2021. The deal marks SPI International’s first theatrical release in the region and the expansion of the company’s distribution arm.

“Though streaming has gained traction during the pandemic with the entire world consuming content from the comfort of their own homes, the social experience of shared viewing in theaters has proven to be difficult to replicate for entertainment providers. As the theaters in the country are gradually reopening after over a year, we are delighted to make our theatrical distribution debut in Israel with “Countdown” and continue to connect audiences through shared entertainment experiences,” said Alexandra Puiu, Sales Manager at SPI International. “SPI International, one of the leaders in worldwide content distribution, operates in six continents distributing films across many territories and our first theatrical release in Israel signifies the first of many to come for the region in the future,” added Puiu.

When a young nurse downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and death closing in, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. Produced by STX Films, “Countdown” has accumulated up to $47,621,766 in the Box Office worldwide. The movie features breakthrough talent Elizabeth Lail, star of the hugely popular Netflix series YOU, based on the novels by Caroline Kepnes.

"We are thrilled to partner with SPI to expand our theatrical releases in Israel. After more than 15 months that cinemas were shut down, we feel that young audience are thirsty for entertainment and Countdown is the right "drink" at the right time. We are opening cinemas in Israel with it,” commented Ben Kalifi, CEO at Red Cape Distribution.  


About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 linear channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers and an on-demand service. 

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand.

About Red Cape Distribution

Red Cape Distribution is a fresh and young distributor in Israel, among their recent releases are Oscar winner Parasite, Rene Zellweger's Judy, STX's Upside and upcoming Studio Canal's Milkshake Powder.

About ErosSTX International

ErosSTX International, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation, is a full-service international film distribution and financing company with direct distribution of both Hollywood and Bollywood content in India, the UK, Ireland and the Middle East. Headquartered in London, the company has formalized an unrivalled network of key output deals with the major market leaders in 25 territories with a reach covering over 150 countries around the world. Embracing the unique opportunities in the international marketplace, the company recently closed an innovative and dynamic distribution output partnership with Amazon in the UK, France and Italy.

ErosSTX International’s successes include distributing both STXfilms’ productions and third-party acquisitions, working with filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Guy Ritchie and Michael Mann, as well as producing partners like Imperative/30West, Thunder Road, Black Label Media, Miramax, and Scott Free.  In addition, ErosSTX International recently entered into an exclusive, multi-year international distribution output deal with leading independent production powerhouse, Black Bear Pictures. The ErosSTX International film slate includes: global box office hit Hustlers, the Bad Moms franchise, Greenland starring Gerard Butler, The Mauritanian starring Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim and Benedict Cumberbatch, Untitled Guy Ritchie Project directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Statham, Devotion directed by JD Dillard and starring Glen Powell and Jonathan Majors, and Cop Shop directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Gerard Butler.