Trio of titles heads to U.K.

"Hunger," "City," “Whiteout” in separate deals

CANNES -- 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 needs for "Hunger" was satiated, Terence Davies' feature-length documentary, "Of Time and the City," has been 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 in a Special Screening on Tuesday evening.

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 post-war 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 multi-picture deal with Joel Silver's Dark Castle comic label, kicking off with "Whiteout".

Optimum secures the movie which 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 had no time limit on it and is likely to spawn more projects in the past.
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