Un Certain Regard opener Hunger has, as expected, struck deals with several territories. A North American deal was said to be in advanced negotiations.

Icon Entertainment International has signed a UK and Ireland deal with Pathe, which beat out several other interested UK distributors. Sue Bruce Smith of Film4 also helped in those negotiations.

Rights have also gone to France (MK2), Benelux (Paradiso), Portugal (Lusomundo), Greece (Video Seven) and to Australia/New Zealand (sister company Icon Distribution).

Artist Steve McQueen made his directorial debut with the project, which he co-wrote with Enda Walsh. It stars Michael Fassbender as Maze Prison 1981 hunger striker Bobby Sands.

Francois Ivernel from Pathe said: 'It is an honour to be working with Steve McQueen on his incredibly powerful debut feature. The response in Britain and Ireland is already exceptional and we will build on this to bring it to audiences.'

Film4's Peter Carlton, said: 'We backed this film for Steve's extraordinary vision, which has been recognised at Cannes and we're delighted to be partnering with Pathe who we know are, like us, truly passionate about this film.'

Ariel Veneziano, President of Icon Entertainment International, added: 'We are delighted at the market support and interest in the film as it is attracting some of the top distributors in the world.'

Icon took over sales for the film following its recent deal with previous seller Becker International.