Back when we spoke to Alamo Drafthouse co-founder Tim League right before Fantastic Fest, he told us one of his favorites of the fest was a Belgian drama called Bullhead, which he described as, "a thriller based around espionage involving legal hormones and steroids for cattle. But it has a really strong central character. In the very first part of the film his testicles are smashed with a brick by a neighboring farmer kid, and it obviously decimates his personality and so he grows up and becomes addicted to testosterone and steroids himself and has is this roid rage guy, but he's all very sensitive about his lack of testicular masculinity. It's a crazy plot line."
Today Drafthouse Films has announced they've acquired US distribution rights to Bullhead. What a strange and unexpected coincidence.
The film won several awards in Fantastic Fest's "Next Wave" Spotlight Competition, including Best Picture, Best Director (Michael R. Roskam) and Best Actor (Matthias Schoenaerts). And it's not just the Drafthouse that loves it; it's also Belgium's official 2011 submission to the AMPAS for Best Foreign Language Film. Drafthouse Films will be releasing Bullhead in 2012, with Image Entertainment handling the VOD platform side of things and the Drafthouse handling theatrical.
Belgian testicle-smashing drama isn't the only thing Drafthouse Films announced today. They've also acquired North American rights to to Clown: The Movie, a Danish sex comedy that also blew all kinds of minds at Fantastic Fest. I unfortunately missed it at the fest, but I heard nothing but great things about it, so I'm glad Drafthouse Films have stepped to the plate to bring it to US shores. As with Bullhead, Clown will also be getting a 2012 release with Image Entertainment on board to handle home video.
You can find the trailers for both films below. Be warned, the Clown trailer is certainly NSFW.