Company nabs rights to Steve McQueen drama
IFC Films has devoured domestic rights to tyro writer-director Steve McQueen and writer Enda Walsh’s drama “Hunger.”Pic had its world preem in Cannes as Un Certain Regard opener and is a Camera d’Or contender. Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham star. “Hunger” picks up in the aftermath of the 1981 IRA hunger strike led by Bobby Sands and takes a look at life behind bars in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. IFC has been particularly hungry at this year’s fest, snapping up rights to seven titles so far. IFC will release the pic in theaters, as well as via its day-and-date distribution platform that makes indies available in theaters and on demand simultaneously. The film will then be available on Blockbuster store shelves on DVD. There’s no word yet on whether the movie will make it into this year’s kudos season. Laura Hastings-Smith and Robin Gutch produced as a Blast Films production for Film4. Executive producers include Jan Younghusband, Peter Carlton, Linda James, Edmund Coulthard and Iain Canning.