U.S. rights to writer/director Ruba Nadda's romantic drama, "Cairo Time" have been picked up by IFC Films, the company said Thursday. The film, starring Oscar-nominee Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig ("Syriana") screened at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival where it won Best Canadian Feature, and will screen at the inaugural Tribeca Doha Film Festival next week. IFC Films acquired the rights to the film from E1 Entertainment International, the film's sales agent and U.S. and international rights holder. IFC Films' Lizzie Nastro negotiated the deal with Victoria Cook from Cinetic on behalf of Charlotte Mickie of E1.
"Cairo Time" will be released in 2010 via the company's IFC in Theaters platform which brings movies to on-demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters.
The feature traces the brief unexpected love affair that blossoms between a married woman visiting Cairo for the first time and her husband's good friend, his Egyptian former head of security. The Toronto jury described it as "a superbly directed lyrical waltz of longing and desire across disparate worlds, with exquisite performances by Patricia Clarkson, Tom McCamus and Alexander Siddig. The film evocatively serves as an analogy for the intricacies of passionate romance that, for practical reasons, can never be realized."
"'Cairo Time' is so exquisite in the way its tale of romantic longing unfolds that it recalls one of the classics of the genre, 'Brief Encounter,'" said IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring in a statement. "Patricia Clarkson gives one of the performances of her career. She has never been as luminous or alive as she is in this film and she's met every step of the way by Alexander Siddig. We think this film is really going to connect with audiences and we couldn't be happier to be in business with our friends at E1, Killer Films, Foundry Films, Samson Films and director Ruba Nadda."
"Cairo Time" was produced by Daniel Iron of Foundry Films and executive produced by Christine Vachon and Charles Pugliese of Killer Films with David Collins of Samson Films.