They follow on from the Filmmuseum's earlier pick-ups which include Peter Strickland's Berlinale competition entry, Katalin Varga, Kore-eda Hirokazu's Still Walking and a handful of other titles screening in Rotterdam this year - Gustav Deutsch's Film Ist. A Girl and a Gun, Bouli Lanners' El Dorado, Ruben Ostlund's Involuntary, Noud Heerkens' Last Conversation and Sergey Dvortsevoy's Tulpan.
'We are mainly there to buy the films that without our support would not make it to distribution in the Netherlands. We are not really in competition (with other distributors),' said head of acquisitions Rene Wolf.
With some established Dutch distributors turning their back on arthouse fare, the Filmmuseum is increasingly stepping into the breach to acquire new work by festival fvourites like Kornel Mundruczo, Carlos Reygadas, Cristi Puiu and Hou Hsiao Hsien.
Filmuseum acquires Benelux rights for selected titles in partnership with Belgian distributor, Lumiere andreleases 15 to 20 titles a year. They include films from masters of cinema and restorations as well as new features from first or second time directors.