Cannes 2012: Sundance Selects Acquires Ken Loach’s ‘The Angels’ Share’

IFC/Sundance have worked with Loach on three prior projects, one of which won the Palme d'Or

Sundance Selects has acquired the domestic rights to Ken Loach’s “The Angels' Share” out of Cannes.

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The film chronicles Robbie, a Scottish youth trying to avoid prison. Robbie sneaks into a maternity hospital to visit his girlfriend and newborn son, an experience that further emphasizes the need to get his life in order.

Loach directed from a script by frequent collaborator Paul Laverty. Laverty also penned the scripts for Loach projects like “Carla’s Song,” “Sweet Sixteen” and “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.”

Jonathan Sehring, President of SundanceSlects and IFC Films described the film as “one of the supreme pleasures of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.”

“It is a deeply felt, irresistible and often very funny story of redemption that could only come from the collaboration of Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Rebecca O'Brien, Pascal Caucheteaux and Vincent Maraval,” he said in a statement. “We're honored to work with them again and look forward to making this one of our most successful collaborations.”

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This marks the fourth time Loach and Sundance Selects have worked together. One of those projects, “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” won the Palme d’Or and was the most successful of Loach’s films at the domestic box office.

Sundance Selects/IFC came into Cannes with four films screening: Walter Salles’ adaption of “On the Road,” Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond the Gills,” Adam Leon’s “Gimme the Loot” and Rodney Ascher’s “Room 237.”

It has since picked up Ben Wheatley’s “Sightseers” as well.