Golem captures Sundance hit ‘Beasts’

Spanish distrib picks up 'Detachment'

MADRID — Arthouse distrib Golem has snagged all Spanish distribution rights to Benh Zeitlin’s fantasy drama “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

A Stateside pickup by Fox Searchlight, Zeitlin’s feature debut nabbed the Grand Jury Prize and cinematography award at January’s Sundance fest.

Toronto-based sales company eOne Films Intl. sold “Beasts” to Golem.

At last week’s European Film Market in Berlin, Golem also inked with Celluloid Dreams for Spanish distribution rights to Tony Kaye’s school drama “Detachment,” starring Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks and Lucy Liu.

The Berlinale Competition is a traditional fishing ground for Pamplona-based Golem, which closed Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Berlin Golden Bear winner “Caesar Must Die” with RAI Trade.

In further, already announced pacts, Golem bought from The Match Factory Christian Petzold’s drama “Barbara,” winner of a director Silver Bear, and the TrustNordisk-sold “A Royal Affair,” which nabbed actor and screenplay nods in Berlin.

The pick-ups continue Golem’s tradition of buying Berlin fest winners including Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation” in 2011, Semih Kaplanoglu’s “Honey” in 2010, Quan’an Wang’s “Tuya’s Marriage” in 2007, Jasmila Zbanic’s “Grbavica” in 2006 and Fatih Akin’s “Head-On” in 2004.

Also an exhibitor, Golem manages 44 screens in Spain spread over seven cinemas.

Most of Golem’s fest acquisitions play at its five-screen theater in Madrid, which only shows subtitled pics.