Sundance hit American Animals has been picked up for UK distribution by STX International, sources have confirmed to Screen.

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Bart Layton’s heist thriller premiered to raves in Park City this week. Screen’s review called it a film ”which genuinely breaks new ground”.

Sierra/Affinity handles sales on the project, which is co-financed and developed by Film4 and AI Film.

Producers are Katherine Butler and Dimitri Doganis for UK outfit Raw with Derrin Schlesinger and Mary Jane Skalski.

The film charts the story of four young US men who undertake a foolhardy heist. Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd and Udo Kier star.

Executive producers on the project are current STX International boss and former Film4 head David Kosse with Film4’s Sam Lavender and Daniel Battsek, AI Film’s Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik, and Tory Metzger via the Lava Bear Films banner.

UTA Independent Film Group is handling US rights, where a deal is yet to be announced.