Cannes Film Festival favorite Ken Loach’s latest competition film The Angels’ Share has been acquired by Sundance Selects. The sister label of IFC Films scooped up all U.S. rights to the bittersweet comedy, about a Glasgow boy who is given one final chance to stay out of prison. It marks the company’s fourth tie-up with the UK director, including the 2006 Cannes Palme d’Or-winning The Wind That Shakes The Barley, which became Loach’s most successful U.S. release. IFC/Sundance also released Loach’s It’s A Free World and Looking For Eric. The deal was made by Sundance/IFC’s Arianna Bocco with Wild Bunch’s Carole Baraton on behalf of the filmmakers.
Yesterday, IFC Films acquired Ben Wheatley’s Directors Fortnight title Sightseers. The company also has dibs on four other films at Cannes: Walter Salles’ competition film On The Road, Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond The Hills, Adam Leon’s Un Certain Regard pic Gimme The Loot and the Directors Fortnight title Room 237.