By Peter Knegt | Indiewire August 13, 2009 at 12:19PM
IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Andrea Arnold's coming-of-age drama "Fish Tank." The film - Arnold's follow-up to her acclaimed debut "Red Road" - had its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, where it shared a special Jury Prize with Chan-Wook Park's "Thirst." It stars newcomer Katie Jarvis (profiled here by indieWIRE as the "discovery of Cannes"), as well as Michael Fassbender and Kierston Wareing.
"I am happy that Fish Tank has found a good American home with IFC and I am really looking forward to working with them," Arnold said in a statement.
IFC Films is releasing Fish Tank via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings movies to on demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters.
"We couldn't be happier to be working with Andrea Arnold on one of the great discoveries of this year's Cannes Film Festival," Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment said in a statement. ""Fish Tank' is one of the most observant and beautifully executed coming of age stories we've seen in years and Katie Jarvis is a revelation in the lead role. This is the perfect film for all of our platforms."
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, VP of Acquisitions for IFC Films, with United Talent Agency and Jamie Carmichael of ContentFilm International. Andrea Arnold is represented by Matthew Bates at Sayle Screen Ltd. in the U.K. and Gersh in the U.S.