Film unit acquires rights to Toronto prizewinner

IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Toronto Film Festival prizewinner “Cairo Time.”

Written and helmed by Montreal-born Ruba Nadda, the pic stars Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig.

Clarkson plays a magazine editor who finds herself alone in Cairo and enters into an unexpected love affair with Siddig’s character.

“Cairo” won the Canadian feature prize at Toronto, where it drew a warm reception last month.

Daniel Iron produced, and Christine Vachon, Charles Pugliese and David Collins exec produced.

“Cairo Time” is “exquisite in the way its tale of romantic longing unfolds,” said IFC Entertainment prexy Jonathan Sehring.

IFC will release the film simultaneously in theaters and on video-on-demand next year.

E1 Entertainment Intl. reps worldwide rights to the pic; U.S. deal was brokered by Cinetic.

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