Following its acquisition of Koen Mortier's controversial Ex-Drummer (sold by Wide Management), Benelux distributor A-Film has picked up another equally offbeat film from the same stable.

Small Gods, made by brothers Dimitri and Nicolas Karakatsanis, is described by A-Films' Erik Engelen as 'extremely well shot and it is definitely a movie that can play worldwide in different festivals.'

The film is about a woman recovering from a car crash in which she lost her son who is kidnapped by a stranger. Together with a mute orphan, they embark on a road trip.

Small Gods will be released in Belgium in the autumn after its likely world premiere in the Ghent Festival.

The new pick-up comes as A-Film plans to become more aggressive in boarding films at an earlier stage. 'We are constantly to get our films rather than spending an enormous amount of money on MGs,' commented A-Film ceo Pim Hermeling.

Just prior to Cannes, A-Film struck a deal with Wild Bunch for the distribution, acquisition and production of films in Benelux. 'We are going to handle their films together. We are also buying together and trying to find a way to do productions,' Hermeling said.

A-Film's recent acquisitions include Clubland, Grindhouse, The Brothers Bloom, Lost Caution and Love In A Time Of Cholera. Closer to home, it has also picked up Dutch titles Everything Is Love and Nadine and Nanouk Leopold drama Wolfsbergen.