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A trio of high-profile Cannes titles are winging their way to British shores in three separate deals, led by Steve McQueen's Un Certain Regard opener "Hunger."

Pathe has swallowed U.K. and Ireland theatrical rights to McQueen's hunger-strike drama in a deal with Icon Entertainment International.

On the same day the U.K.'s need for "Hunger" was satiated, Terence Davies' feature-length documentary "Of Time and the City" was picked up by the British Film Institute to unspool back home.

British-based sales and finance house Hanway Films will handle sales in Cannes on the documentary, which unspools tonight in a Special Screening.

Davies' film is billed as a personal portrayal of his life as a Liverpudlian and an account of the changes in British social life through the postwar period. The story is told through a montage of archival footage and contains poetry and narrative from Davies.

Elsewhere, Studio Canal-owned U.K. indie distributor Optimum Releasing has secured a multipicture deal with Joel Silver's Dark Castle comic label, kicking off with Marche du Film title "Whiteout."

The film is based on Greg Rucka's graphic novel and stars Kate Beckinsale as a lone U.S. marshal stationed in Antarctica, whose investigation of the continent's first murder draws her into a terrifying mystery.

An Optimum spokesman said the deal with Dark Castle has no time limit on it and is likely to spawn more projects. (partialdiff)
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