Magazine article Screen International

Golem Co-Founder Josetxo Moreno Dies Aged 62

Magazine article Screen International

Golem Co-Founder Josetxo Moreno Dies Aged 62

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Josetxo Moreno, co-founder and co-chief of respected Spanish art-house distributor and exhibitor Golem has passed away at the age of 62-years-old.

Pamplona-born Moreno was passionate about cinema from an early age. He founded Golem in 1980 alongside Otilio Garcia Gobeo and Pedro Zaratiegui, having cut his distributor teeth running a series of cinema clubs throughout the late 1970s.

The trio caught the wave of cultural liberation and experimentation in Spain at the time, which followed the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975 and the end of his repressive 40-year dictatorship.

They grew the company into onto one of the most important art-house distributors in Spain.

Auteurs on Golem's slate over the years included Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Michael Haneke, Laurent Cantet, Ari Folman, Asghar Farhadi, Zhang Yimou, Jia Zhang-Ke, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Takeshi Kitano, Robert Guédiguian, Aki Kaurismäki, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and François Ozon.

Alongside its distribution operation, the company also runs 42 screens across six multiplexes in Pamplona, Bilbao, Burgos and Madrid and also embraced the digital era as one of the partners on Spain's online Filmin platform. …

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