IFC nabs ‘Eric,’ ‘Antichrist’ for U.S.

Films have generated buzz in Cannes

IFC Films has grabbed two Cannes Competition titles from previous Palme d’Or winners: Ken Loach’s “Looking for Eric” and Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist.”

Both pics have made made lots of noise on the Croisette. Von Trier courted controversy with his psychological erotic-horror title, while the crowds went wild over the star of Loach’s film, Manchester United soccer legend Eric Cantona.

So far, IFC leads the charge in fest acquisitions made by an American distributor. It bought Romanian title “Tales From the Golden Age” last week.

“Eric,” for which IFC took U.S. rights, was penned by Loach regular Paul Laverty and produced by Rebecca O’Brien. Cantona exec produced along with Pascal Caucheteaux and Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval. Cantona’s original idea sparked the idea for the film and Laverty’s script.

IFC Films previously distributed Loach’s Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” and his Venice prize-winner “It’s a Free World.”

“Antichrist,” starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe, was produced by Meta Louise Foldager and exec produced by Peter Aalbaek Jensen and Peter Garde. Film was lensed by Oscar-winner Anthony Dod Mantle.

IFC also distributed Von Trier’s last pic “The Boss of It All.” (Von Trier won the Palme for “Dancer in the Dark.”)

Both pics will be released through IFC’s day-and-date platform, which releases films theatrically and on video-on-demand at the same time.