IFC to bring ‘Fish Tank’ to U.S. screens

Posted by · 2:29 pm · August 13th, 2009

Katie Jarvis in Fish TankI mentioned last week how much Andrea Arnold’s Cannes-garlanded Brit beauty “Fish Tank” has grown in my esteem over the weeks — I’m really starting to think the 3½ stars I gave it in my review was too cautious.

I wrote then that the film was still awaiting a Stateside distributor, and while I suspected its American premiere in Toronto would remedy that, it turns we didn’t even have to wait that long. ScreenDaily reports that, unsurprisingly, it is once more IFC who have come to the rescue:

IFC Films has acquired US rights to Andrea Arnold’s second feature Fish Tank following its world premiere in Cannes where it shared the special jury prize.

IFC’s vice-president of acquisitions Arianna Bocco brokered the deal with UTA and Jamie Carmichael of ContentFilm International. Arnold is represented by Matthew Bates at Sayle Screen Ltd in the UK and Gersh in the US. IFC Films will release through its IFC In Theaters theatrical and VOD day-and-date platform.

I can’t see “Fish Tank” getting much of a theatrical platform — apart from its generally bleak kitchen-sink outlook, its current of underage sexuality makes the film quite the tough sell — but I’m relieved that it will at least see the light of day across the pond. In a perfect world, this would be at the forefront of Best Picture and especially Best Actress discussion, but we’ll take what we can get.

Meanwhile, IFC continues to polish its halo by continuing to act as a safehouse for tricky non-American fare, from “In the Loop” to “Red Riding” to “Antichrist.” Bless ’em.

If you missed the trailer for “Fish Tank” last week, catch it here.

→ 12 Comments Tags: , , , | Filed in: Daily

12 responses so far

  • 1 8-13-2009 at 3:10 pm

    Chase Kahn said...

    Ah, good news. Now we need a distributor to buy up “Me and Orson Welles”.

    What’s the latest on “A Prophet” — I haven’t heard anything about it lately.

  • 2 8-13-2009 at 3:22 pm

    red_wine said...

    I just hope that IFC is sensible and releases all its buzzed titles for atleast a qualifying run before VOD. These movies don’t stand a chance but there’s no harm in trying.

  • 3 8-13-2009 at 3:55 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Chase: Sony Pictures Classics picked up U.S. rights to “A Prophet” back in Cannes. No word on a release date yet though, as far as I know.

  • 4 8-13-2009 at 6:21 pm

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    I’m not too excited about this. IFC isn’t exactly known for being too competitive or efective. Even in some cases they screw all.

    -Maggie Gyllenhaal, “SherryBaby”
    -Michael Fassbender, “Hunger”
    -Benicio Del Toro, “Che”
    -“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”
    -Christopher Plummer, “Man in the Chair”

  • 5 8-13-2009 at 7:49 pm

    Simone said...

    Hmmm. IFC fucked up the promotion for ‘Hunger’, and hence, F’d up Michael Fassbender Oscar nomination. They’ll just do a repeat.

  • 6 8-14-2009 at 1:49 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I did say in a perfect world, guys … with all the promotion in the world, the Academy still wouldn’t go for this.

    But Xavi, I probably misread your comment, but surely you don’t mean you only get excited about films with Oscar prospects?

  • 7 8-14-2009 at 3:42 am

    Simone said...

    I understand what you’re saying Guy, but with this acknowledgment, it’s proof of the ongoing bias, bullshit, and politics that makes the Academy foolish and ignorant in not truly giving fair recognition to all cinematic dramas.

    I loathe their so-called “standards” and the things “they wouldn’t go for”. Why does an Academy exist if there are prerequisites for which a film must adhere to in order to possibly be nominated?

  • 8 8-14-2009 at 3:55 am

    Guy Lodge said...


  • 9 8-14-2009 at 6:55 am

    The Other James D. said...

    I hope Xavi isn’t one of those Oscar-films-only people either, Guy. That’s my least favorite kind of person–one who snubs all other cinematic fare.

    Anywho, according to people over on GoldDerbyForums, any and all films that are simulcasted via Comcast (or w/e) VOD while in theaters are ineligible for Oscar consideration (though still eligible for Golden Globes and such).

    And so I wonder: Is this fact or just post-Linda Fiorentino-robbery speculation? If so, this is a shame that Katie Jarvis’s name can’t even be an official contender (or Charlotte Gainsbourg, for that matter).

    On the plus side, I’ll get to see it ASAP….

  • 10 8-14-2009 at 8:10 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I think the Academy is going to have to adjust its rules at some point on this issue. It’s clearly the way forward.

  • 11 8-14-2009 at 8:15 am

    The Other James D. said...

    This year would be nice =).

    It usually takes a grand robbery to wake them up though.

    *4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days — Foreign Film rules adjusted.
    *The Dark Knight — BP expanded to 10.

  • 12 8-14-2009 at 8:17 am

    The Other James D. said...

    P.S. While neither film may have been the sole impetus for change, I do believe they were significant factors in said wake-up calls.