Sundance: IFC Films Nabs Kristen Stewart Gitmo Drama 'Camp X-Ray'
IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Peter Sattler's directorial debut film Camp X-Ray.
The film, with a screenplay by Sattler, stars Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi and Lane Garrison, made its world premiere Jan. 17 at Eccles Theatre as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the Sundance Film Festival.
Gina Kwon produced the drama about a young woman (Stewart) who joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots but ends up as a rookie guard at Guantanamo Bay. Her mission is far from black and white, as she is surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive male squadmates. When she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees (A Separation's Moaadi), both of their worlds are forever shifted.
Emmy Ellison, Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, David Gordon Green and Sophia Lin executive produced the film.
"Peter Sattler has made a stirring, sensitive and thought-provoking film that features two powerhouse performances by Peyman Moaadi and Kristen Stewart," said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. "Moaadi proves once again that he is a force to be reckoned with and Stewart undoubtedly gives the best and most moving performance of her already remarkable career."
IFC Films had a busy Sundance. The label also acquired Jim Mickle's Cold in July, starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw; and John Slattery's directorial debut God's Pocket, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro. IFC Films also showcased the world premiere of Michael Winterbottom's The Trip to Italy and held a special preview screening of Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Sister label IFC Midnight acquired Jennifer Kent's psychological horror film The Babadook, which premiered in the festival's Midnight section.
UTA and attorney Andre Des Rochers repped the Camp X-Ray filmmakers.
Arianna Bocco negotiated on behalf of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.