Valerio De Paolis' independent distribution company Bim has acquired Italian rights to a raft of Cannes competition titles including Ken Loach's Bread And Roses, from UK-based sales outfit The Sales Co.

Other competition titles acquired by Bim are Amos Kollek's Fast Food Fast Women, from Celluloid Dreams; Austrian director Michael Haneke's Code Unknown, which is being handled by France's MK2; and Nagisa Oshima's samurai period piece Gohatto, starring Takeshi Kitano, from Canal Plus.

Bim also picked up Un Certain Regard contender A La Vertical De L'Ete, by Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung, from Canal Plus and Ang Lee's arthouse martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - which screened in official selection out of competition - from Good Machine International.

Bim also acquired Julien Temple's Sex Pistols documentary The Filth And The Fury, at Cannes, from Film Four International; and Mercure Distribution's Le Secret, the feature debut from The Dreamlife Of Angels screenwriter Virginie Wagon.

Bim will announce distribution dates for the films at the semi-annual Professional Screenings Days in June.