IFC Entertainment has picked up domestic rights to Ken Loach'sPalme D'Or winner The Wind That Shakes The Barley ahead of its North American premiere atToronto next month.
The 1920s-set tale about the early Irish resistance movement willget a multi-platform release through IFC's First Take Films label in 2007.
IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring and Elizabeth Nastronegotiated the deal with Mike Runagall of Pathe Pictures International.
Cillian Murphy stars as an aspiring doctor who abandons his studiesto fight for independence against Britain's notorious Black and Tan troops.
Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham and Orla Fitzgerald also star andRebecca O'Brien produced.
Ulrich Felsberg, Andrew Lowe, Nigel Thomas and Paul Trijbitsserved as executive producers. Paul Laverty wrote the screenplay.
IFC's First Take Films launched earlier this year and willdistribute 24 titles each year simultaneously in theatres and on cabletelevision. The slate includes Daniel Burman's Family Law, Aric Avelino's American Gun, and Hou Hsiao Hsien's Three Times.