IFC Films announced Thursday that it has acquired the North American rights to Peter Sattler’s Sundance debuted Camp X-Ray. Sattler also wrote the film, which stars Kristen Stewart and which was produced by Gina Kwon and executive produced by Emmy Ellison, Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, David Gordon Green and Sophia Lin. Payman Maadi and Lane Garrison also co-star in the movie.
Written and directed by Peter Sattler Camp X-Ray centers on female soldier Cole (Kristen Stewart), who joins the military so that she can escape her suffocating small town. Although she hopes for a tour of duty in Iraq, she is instead shipped off to the outpost known as Guantanamo, a temporary detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp of Joint Task Force Guantanamo on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Cole is met with hatred and abuse from the Muslim men in her charge, and finds herself forging an odd friendship with Ali (Peyman Moaadi), who has been imprisoned at Gitmo for eight years. While serving her country to the best of her abilities at Bravo Block, she is also subject to the attempted affections of her superior officer, Sergeant Randy without any action or sympathy from Commanding Officer Colonel Drummond at Gitmo.
President of IFC Films, Jonathan Sehring commented on the deal saying “Peter Sattler has made a stirring, sensitive and thought-provoking film that features two powerhouse performances by Payman Maadi and Kristen Stewart, Maadi 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.”
Camp X-Ray made its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section.
The deal was negotiated by IFC’s senior VP of acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco, along with UTA Independent Film Group and Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP Attorneys on behalf of the filmmakers.
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