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Golem goes for ‘Gehry’

'Sketches' and 'Shortbus' added to shopping basket

Spain’s Golem Distribucion has picked up all Spanish rights to Sydney Pollack-helmed doc “Sketches of Frank Gehry” from Fortissimo Films.

Golem purchased another out-of-competition pic from Fortissimo, John Cameron Mitchell’s midnighter “Shortbus.”

Golem, one of Spain’s principal arthouse distribs, has bought two competish pics, Turkish helmer Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Climates” from Co-production and Aki Kaurismaki’s “Lights in the Dusk” from the Match Factory.

It also closed on Francisco Vargas’ Mexican drama “El violin,” sold by Memento Films.

Last week Denmark’s Trust Film Sales announced the acquisition by Golem of Andrea Arnold’s “Red Road,” another competition entry.

Just before Cannes, Golem renewed its longstanding relationship with Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier acquiring his next film, comedy “The Boss of It All.”

Golem proved one of Spain’s most active distribs at Cannes where Spain was reckoned by common consent to be one of the slowest major markets in the world, as in 2004. (Spain recovered somewhat last year, with DeAPlaneta and On Pictures leading a mini sales charge).

General feeling among Spanish buyers, both mainstream and specialty companies, is that it has been a soft edition for new titles.

From 2003, pay TV operators have almost pulled out of buying titles from indie distribs; doubts over the future of pubcaster RTVE, which is slashing budgets and jobs to curb a deficit, also makes specialty buyers more cautious about picking up new titles.

“It’s a risk to buy for Spain because of the difficulties the sector’s going through,” said Golem general manager Pedro Zaratiegui.

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