By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire September 20, 2012 at 7:19AM
IFC Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to writer-director Ruba Nadda’s “Inescapable,” which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. The company picked up U.S. rights to "Byzantium" and North American rights to the Mira Nair-directed drama "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" at the festival.
Alexander Siddig, Joshua Jackson and Marisa Tomei star in "Inescapable," the story of a Syrian expatriate who returns to Damascus to look for his missing daughter with the help of a former lover and an embassy official. Daniel Iron and Lance Samuels produced; Christine Vachon of Killer Films, Kirk D’Amico of Myriad Pictures and Mark Slone of Alliance Films served as executive producers.
"We're all very happy to be working with the wonderfully talented Ruba Nadda again on her follow-up to ‘Cairo Time,’ which was a great success for us,” said Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring. “She has made a bold and exciting film."
Sundance Selects/IFC Films exec Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with D’Amico and the Gersh Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.
Alliance Films is distributing the film in Canada; Myriad is repping rights internationally.
IFC Films has recently released “Sleepwalk With Me,” “Liberal Arts” and “Your Sister’s Sister.” Forthcoming is the feature adaptation of “On the Road,” which the specialty distributor will release in theaters in December with Sundance Selects.