Name change follows move into co-production among other developments

Wild Bunch Benelux has been renamed September Film Distribution, effective today (Sept 1).

The film distribution company, founded nearly six years ago by Paris-based Wild Bunch and Pim Hermeling, has since become a leading arthouse distributor with titles such as The Hunt, Melancholia, The Broken Circle Breakdown and Nymphomaniac.

The distributor ended its collaboration with the French company in 2010 but retained the name.

However, several development at the firm have led to the decision to rebrand.

September Film Distribution will continue to focus on the acquisition of director-driven films and release arthouse productions theatrically and on DVD, VOD and other platforms.

But it recently set up a film distribution office in Belgium; purchased the Cartoons movie theatre in Antwerp; and developed large arthouse cinema complex Da Kade in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

It has also set up a production company and has a growing slate of films including Nicole van Kilsdonk’s Ventoux, Joram Lursen’s Public Works, Michel Hazanavicius’s The Search, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Elser, Thomas Vinterberg’s Kollektivet, and Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica.

Upcoming releases from September Film Distribution include Kristian Levring’s The Salvation, Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip To Italy, Shariff Korver’s The Intruder, Steven Knight’s Locke and Uberto Pasolini’s Still Life.