'Summer' comes early for N.Y. firm

Film Movement to release film in September

CANNES -- New York-based specialty distributor Film Movement has picked up North American rights to Aleksei Popogrebsky's Berlin Silver Bear winner "How I Spent This Summer" from Bavaria Film International.

Film Movement plans to release title in New York in September, followed by a limited national rollout and VOD bow in the fall.

The stark drama centers on two men stationed at a meteorological station on an island in the Artic Circle who find themselves cut off from the outside world and have to fight to survive.

"It is hard to remember a more gorgeous film than 'How I Spent This Summer' from the last few years. This is a film that blew us away in Berlin, and consolidates director Popogrebsky as an incredible master of his craft," Film Movement President Adley Gartenstein said.

Gartenstein and Bavaria's head of sales Stefanie Zeitler negotiated the deal.

In a separate pickup, Film Movement grabbed another Berlin title -- Italian director Sylvio Soldini's "Come Undone" from French sales group Pyramide. Film Movement will also bow the relationship drama, starring Alba Rohrwacher, and Pierfrancesco Favino, in North America this Fall.

Gartenstein negotiated the "Come Undone" deal with Pyramide's Yoann Ubermulhin.