IFC fancies 'Persian Cats'

Bahman Ghobadi explores Tehran's underground music

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Bahman Ghobadi's "No One Knows About Persian Cats."
The film, set in Tehran’s underground music scene, opened the Un Certain Regard sidebar at last year's Cannes Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize.

It was written by Ghobadi, Hosein M. Abkenar and Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist who was accused of spying last spring and held in custody for several months.

Scheduled to play the SXSW Film Festival in March, "Cats" will open in New York on April 16 and in Los Angeles on April 23 and simultaneously be offered on VOD.

Its acquisition was negotiated by IFC's Arianna Bocco and Wild Bunch's Carole Baraton.