A-Film Distribution, the independent distributor which last year enjoyed a market share of over 15% in The Netherlands, grabbed Dutch rights to two films showing in the Tiger competition section of the Rotterdam Festival.
It bought rights to Bodysong and Principles Of Lust, respectively by Simon Pummel and Penny Woolcock, both first-time British directors. Bodysong is a experimental montage of found footage assembled as an ode to life - and human biology. Woolcock has already completed her second feature The Death Of Klinghoffer, a passionate and violent tale of the relationship between a wound-up novelist and a single mother.
Two other Tiger films have also been bought in recent days: Dagur Kari's Icelandic film Noi Albinoi was acquired by Filmmuseum and Wiebke von Carolsfeld's Canadian drama Marion Bridge was acquired by Cinemien. "This is the first time that we have seen four Tiger films bought for local distribution, even before the festival started," said festival spokesman Bert-Jan Zoet.
A-Film has added to its slate with other recent acquisitions, including Girl With A Pearl Earring and Jane Campion's Venice hopeful In The Cut (both handled by Pathe International) as well as Richard Cantor's Susie Gold and Paul Morrisson's Wondrous Oblivion.