San Seb pick up boosts art-house distrib's slate

MADRID — Art pic distrib Golem Distribucion has picked up Spanish rights to San Sebastian Film Fest winner, blue-collar drama “Something Like Happiness.”

Pic was sold by Paris-based sales agent Wild Bunch. An ensemble portrait of a post-industrial working class district in a small Czech city, “Something” was helmed and scripted by Czech Bohdan Slama and co-produced by Negativ, Czech TV and Ger-many’s Pallas Film. It is Slama’s third feature film.

The pick-up adds to “Something’s” growing rep. Apart from San Seb’s top Golden Shell kudo and best actress nod for young star Anna Geislerova on Sept. 24, it also won the Golden Athena grand prize at the 11th Athens Intl. Film Fest.

Immediately after San Sebastian, “Something Like Happiness” was chosen by the Czech Film & Television Academy as the Czech Republic’s official submission for the foreign-language Oscar.

Pamplona-based distrib-exhib-producer Golem is upping the number of pics it buys annually to around 20 and strengthening its distribution division. Golem execs proved active during the recent Toronto Film Festival, purchasing Spanish rights on Italian satirical docu “Viva Zapatero!” (also sold by Wild Bunch), fanciful Gaul tale “To Paint or Make Love” (from Pyramide Intl.) and Jean Marc Vallee’s award-winning Canadian drama “C.R.A.Z.Y.” (sold by Films Distribution).

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