EXCLUSIVE: US sales outfit Visit Films has picked up rights to Locarno-bound drama.

Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has picked up rights to writer-director Joanna Hogg’s Locarno entry Exhibition, starring Viv Albertine, Liam Gillick and features a cameo from regular collaborator Tom Hiddleston.

Hogg’s anticipated third feature after Archipelago and Unrelated is an intimate examination of a contemporary artist couple, whose living and working patterns are threatened by the imminent sale of their home.

Gayle Griffiths of Wild Horses Film Company produces the London-set drama. Artificial Eye releases in the UK. Backers include BFI Film Fund, BBC Films and Rooks Nest Entertainment.

Albertine is former guitarist of punk band The Slits. Hogg’s Unrelated picked up London’s FIPRESCI prize in 2007.

Visit president Kampe, who had been tracking the film for some time and picked it up after seeing a cut, said: “This film is like watching a very careful and studied painted portrait come to life.  Joanna has crafted a beautiful film that captures the intricacies of a decades old relationship and all the exhilarating and mundane moments that come with the weight of such a lengthy relationship. She holds nothing back.”

Recent Visit pick-ups also include Edinburgh entry Mister John, Sundance title Big Sur, SXSW drama The Wait and Tribeca documentary Flex is King.