Pick ups includes 'Neds,' 'Tous les soleils'
MADRID — Arthouse distrib Golem Distribucion has continued the buying spree it began at Berlin this year, nabbing Spanish rights to seven pics at Cannes.Golem has inked with Wild Bunch the acquisition of British thesp Peter Mullan’s sophomore directorial outing, the Glasgow 1973-set drama “Neds.” It’s also taken from TF1 Intl. French dramedy “Tous les soleils,” helmed by French actor Philippe Claudel, who broke through as director in 2008 with Kristin Scott Thomas vehicle “I’ve Loved You So Long.” Both deals follow Golem’s strategy of pre-buying titles from established auteurs with which it has already worked. Continuing its habit of acquiring kudo winners from major fests, Golem picked up the feature film debut of Mexican-based Aussie helmer Michael Rowe, “Leap Year,” sold by Pyramide, which screened in Directors’ Fortnight and won Cannes’ Camera d’Or. In previously announced deals, Golem bought Xavier Beauvois’ Cannes Grand Prix winner “Of Gods and Men” from Wild Bunch, and best screenplay award winner, Lee Chang-dong’s “Poetry,” sold by South Korean sales agent Finecut. It’s also inked with Wild Bunch on Nikita Mikhalkov’s WWII drama “Burnt by the Sun 2: Exodus,” another Cannes competitor. From The Match Factory, Golem nabbed Philippine helmer Brillante Mendoza’s drama “Lola.” “We average about 18 film releases a year in Spanish theaters, acquiring 70% to 80% of them at Berlin and Cannes,” said Golem Distribucion general manager Josetxo Moreno. Also an exhibitor, most Golem film acquisitions screen at its five screen-complex in downtown Madrid, where Golem only screens subtitled pics, Moreno added. On Friday, Golem opens a seven-screen complex in the Basque city of Bilbao, which raises to 44 the number of Golem screens in Spain.