Drafthouse Films Picks Up International Fest Faves 'Clown' & 'Bullhead'
by Alex Billington
November 5, 2011
A few new distribution pick-ups for Drafthouse Films, the indie distributor arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, which hosts Fantastic Fest every September in Austin, TX. These two acquisitions were some of the most buzzed about films of Fantastic Fest, both winning quite a few awards at the end, as well as earning a place in genre fanboys' hearts (ask any of them). Drafthouse Films will release Michael R. Roskam's crime drama Bullhead, Belgium's official 2012 Oscar submission, and also Mikkel Nørgaard's dark comedy Clown: The Movie (seen above), a Danish film based on a TV show. They'll get US releases, likely the first half of 2012.
"We are ecstatic about adding Bullhead and Clown to our growing lineup of films. They perfectly embody the bold and diverse slate that we plan to release under Drafthouse Films, and Image Entertainment is the perfect partner to help us get the broadest possible reach for them," said Drafthouse Films founder Tim League. Since being created last year, they've also released Four Lions, The FP and are working on Comin' At Ya! 3D and The ABCs of Death. Our own Tim/Jeremy reviewed Clown in one of their audio blips from Fantastic Fest a few months ago, and I heard great things about Bullhead as well, but not everyone loved it.
We'll be sure to keep you updated on eventual Bullhead and Clown release plans, as well as trailers, posters and more. Drafthouse Films does a great job of finding and supporting the foreign genre indies that need a good US release, and while I haven't seen either of these, the buzz on both is enough to get me interested. For more information, visit the Drafthouse Films website or the Fantastic Fest website (with a synopsis & photos for each film). Additionally, you can read another great review of Clown on indieWire and a glowing review of Bullhead on FSR, if you're curious to know why these two films are receiving quite a bit of praise.