EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up Cannes competition title and FIPRESCI winner In the Fog.

Fresh off the company’s biggest theatrical hit with Cannes 2011 pick-up Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (ticking towards £272,000 from an opening screen count of only 14 - which it subsequently doubled), UK distributor New Wave Films has acquired another Cannes competition entry in the shape of In the Fog from The Match Factory.

Sergei Loznitsa’s FIPRESCI prize-winner charts the story of a man wrongly accused of collaboration during the second world war.

Loznitsa’s previous effort My Joy was also in competition at Cannes.

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As previously announced New Wave also picked up Abbas Kiarostami’s Japan-set competition entry Like Someone in Love at the market from MK2.

New Wave’s Robert Beeson told Screen: “We are very pleased to be bringing this extraordinarily powerful film [In the Fog] to British audiences, and to renew a link with Abbas Kiarostami which goes back to Through the Olive Trees over 15 years ago.”

The outfit releases well-received documentary Nostalgia for the Light in July.