Alta takes ‘Shame’ in Spain

Michael Fassbender starrer screens at San Sebastian

MADRID — Spain’s top arthouse/crossover distributor Alta Films has bought local distribution rights to Steve McQueen’s tale of sexual addiction “Shame,” whose lede thesp Michael Fassbender won the best actor nod at the Venice festival on Saturday.

Execs at Alta and London-based sales company Hanway Films negotiated the deal at the Toronto festival.

Shame’s” Spanish premiere will take place Sept. 21 at the San Sebastian festival, where pic screens as part of the main Zabaltegi-Pearls sidebar.

Spanish distribbery sources confirmed that McQueen and Fassbender will attend the San Sebastian screening.

Madrid-based distrib-exhibitor Alta will have a strong presence at this year’s San Sebastian edition, which kicks off Friday.

Sarah Polley-directed extramarital affair drama “Take this Waltz,” an Alta pickup, contends in Competition.

Other Spanish premieres by Alta-handled movies at San Sebastian include Michel Hazanavicius’ Cannes hit “The Artist,” and Nadine Labaki’s comedy “Where Do We Go Now?,” with both titles also screening in Zabaltegi-Pearls.