IFC Films jumps into the 'Tank'

About a girl forced to deal with her mom's boyfriend

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to "Fish Tank," British director Andrea Arnold's drama about a teenage girl forced to deal with her single mom's new boyfriend.

Arnold wrote and directed the feature, which premiered in May at the Festival de Cannes, where it received a special jury prize.

The film stars newcomer Kate Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Harry Treadaway and Rebecca Griffiths.

"Fish" is a BBC Films, U.K. Film Council presentation in association with Limelight and was produced by Kees Kasander, Nick Laws and exec produced by Paul Trijbits, Christine Langan and David M. Thompson.

IFC will release "Fish" through its IFC in Theaters platform, making the film available as a VOD offering the same day it appears in theaters.

The acquisition deal was negotiated by IFC vp of acquisitions Arianna Bocco, with UTA and Jamie Carmichael of ContentFilm International. Arnold is represented by Sayle Screen in the U.K. and Gersh in the U.S.