IFC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Larry Fessenden's supernatural thriller The Last Winter and will release through its multi-platform IFC First Take label.

The film premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and screens this week at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Larry Fessenden wrote and directed the story of oil workers in Alaska who are terrorised by an unseen force. Jeffrey Levy-Hinte produced the film which stars Ron Perlman, James LeGros and Connie Britton.

'The Last Winter is an exciting, scary and thought provoking thriller that can best be described as John Carpenter's classic horror film The Thing meets Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth,' IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring said.

'The Last Winter is a timely statement on what's happening to the world right now and Larry has brought his unique vision to shed light on our environmental troubles to a new audience.'

Vice president of acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media's Sarah Lash.