Miramax nabs rights to ‘My Son’

NEW YORK — Miramax Films confirmed Thursday that it has acquired from UGC the North American distribution rights to Udayan Prasad’s “My Son the Fanatic,” which will screen in the Directors Fortnight at the 50th Cannes International Film Festival (Daily Variety, April 29).

Prasad’s previous credits include “Brothers in Trouble,” which will be released worldwide this year, “102 Boulevard Houseman,” starring Alan Bates and “Femme Fatale,” starring Simon Callow and Donald Pleasance.

Written by Hanif Kureishi (“My Beautiful Laundrette”), “Fanatic” is a comedy about the clash between Islamic fundamentalism and Western hedonism within an Asian family living in Britain.

Om Puri (“Gandhi,” “The Jewel in the Crown”) stars as a taxi driver who loves all things English, especially the local prostitute, who is played by Rachel Griffiths (“Muriel’s Wedding”). Stellan Skarsgard (“Breaking the Waves”) portrays a German businessman who has his own designs on the hooker. Akbar Kurtha plays the cab driver’s son, whose embrace of Islam doesn’t sit well with his father.

“Fanatic” was produced by Chris Curling of Zephyr Films for BBC Films. A former producer for Granada Television, Channel 4 and the BBC, Curling formed Zephyr last year to concentrate on feature films. The “Fanatic” deal was negotiated on behalf of Miramax by senior exec veepee of production Paul Webster, director of business and legal affairs/production Isabel Begg and Karen Katz of the U.K. acquisitions office. On behalf of UGC, the deal was negotiated by Louisa Dent.

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