IFC Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Patrick Stettner’s “The Business of Strangers,” which premiered in the dramatic competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Pic, which stars Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles, will be released in late fall.
Developed by Stettner at the Sundance Institute Lab, “The Business of Strangers” is a tale of competition, power and control that centers on an executive (Channing) and her assistant (Stiles) who enter a psychological game of cat-and-mouse that forces them down a path of self-discovery.
Produced by the San Francisco-based i5 Film, “The Business of Strangers” was produced by Susan A. Stover and i5 partner Robert H. Nathan, with remaining i5 partners Scott McGehee and David Siegel serving as executive producers.
The deal was negotiated by Nathan and John Sloss of Sloss Law in New York, and Bob Berney and Jonathan Sehring for IFC Films.
IFC will release the documentary “Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale” March 30. Other titles slated for release include “The King Is Alive,” Jim McKay’s “Our Song,” “Together” from acclaimed Swedish director Lukas Moodysson, “Happy Accidents” starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent D’Onofrio. Other upcoming titles include “Jump Tomorrow” and “Go Tigers!”