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Golem buys ‘Bertsolari’ for Spain

Arthouse distrib announces flurry of deals

MADRID — Spanish arthouse distrib Golem Distribucion has taken theatrical and home entertainment rights to docu-feature “Bertsolari,” which world preems Saturday at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Screening out of competition in fest’s Official Section, docu turns on the Basque oral poetry tradition.

Asier Altuna, co-winner of the San Sebastian youth award in 2005 for “Aupa Etxebeste!,” directs “Bertsolari,” a co-production between Txintxua Films and Basque pubcaster ETB.

Golem aims to release “Bertsolari” Oct. 14 in Spanish theaters.

Docu is the latest in a flurry of unannounced pickups, inked during the last months by the Pamplona-based exhib-distributor.

Japanese helmer Hirokazu Kore-eda’s drama “I Wish,” which Golem pre-bought from Wild Bunch, makes its European premiere in San Sebastian’s Official Section.

Sold by Match Factory, Finnish helmer Aki Kaurismaki’s French-language comedy “Le Havre,” a Competition standout at Cannes, screens in the Zabaltegi-Pearls section.

Acquired from Memento Films, Asghar Farhadi’s “Nader and Simin: A Separation” — winner of the Berlinale’s Golden Bear — also screens at Zabaltegi-Pearls.

Playing in San Sebastian’s Horizontes Latinos sidebar, Chilean Cristian Jimenez’s sophomore pic “Bonsai,” was bought by Golem after it took the main award at March’s Films in Progress in Toulouse.

Many of Golem’s movie acquisitions are pre-buys. “Our editorial line makes us stay loyal to established auteurs, following very closely their new productions before they are completed,” said Golem co-founder Josetxo Moreno.

Beyond its San Sebastian screenings, Golem has also acquired Polish helmer Malgoska Szumowska’s “Elles,” starring Juliette Binoche.

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