By Indiewire | Indiewire October 2, 2008 at 10:06AM
IFC Entertainment has acquired Bela Tarr's 2007 Cannes Film Festival entry "Man From London," starring Tilda Swinton, for its on-demand platform Festival Direct. IFC's Lizzie Nastro negotiated the deal with Winnie Lau from Fortissimo Films. The film, based on a novel by Georges Simenon, is described by IFC as, "the story of Maloin, a dour old railway worker trapped in a bleak routine. His home life with his nagging wife and daughter is equally dire until one day, Maloin sees a suitcase being passed off while passengers from London disembark a boat and transfer to a waiting train. After the man who receives the suitcase gets thrown into the harbour by an indistinct assailant, Maloin retrieves the drowned stranger's soggy case and finds it full of British bills. Soon, a police inspector is searching for the money and Maloin must decide what he will do with his ethically compromised windfall."