IFC Films today announced that they have acquired the North American rights to Stephen Belber’s “Match,” starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard. The film, which made its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, depicts a Seattle couple (Gugino and Lillard) traveling to New York to interview former dancer Tobi (Stewart) for research on a dissertation about the dance landscape of 1960s New York City.
“Stephen Belber has done a tremendous job crafting a film with three must-see performances,” says Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
In The Playlist’s review, Gabe Toro wrote in reference to Patrick’s performance that the actor “slips away and Tobi ultimately dominates the screen to the point where you lose track of the film proper and become Tobi’s guest. It’s rare to see this level of comfort between an actor and a character, and he’s just as watchable shrinking from pain as he is telling a joke or yelling profanities.”