IFC takes 'Hunger' for the U.S.

Company's seventh buy of the festival

CANNES -- In its seventh buy of the festival, IFC Films nabbed U.S. rights to Steve McQueen's prison drama "Hunger" in a low-six-figure deal.

The visceral film, which opened Un Certain Regard, tells the true story of a 1981 hunger strike staged by jailed Irish Republican Army leader Bobby Sands and is notable for a 20-minute-plus take in which Sands discusses the strike with his priest.

McQueen's feature debut will be released through the IFC In Theaters day-and-date theatrical/VOD program. The film will also be distributed exclusively to Blockbuster Video through IFC's recent deal with the chain, a controversial pact that has the distributor's many art house titles bypassing independent video stores that have been the main rental venue for them.

IFC negotiated the deal with producer reps Icon Entertainment International and WMI.