More than a week after the Sundance Film Festival wrapped, IFC Films announced it has acquired North American rights to Peter Sattler’s directorial debut “Camp X-Ray,” an intimate war drama set in Guantanamo Bay starring Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi (“A Separation”).
The film, which screened in the U.S. dramatic competition section, drew mixed reactions from audiences and critics. Stewart has a reputation for backing projects she’s passionate about, though her box office cred has yet to materialize on the indie scene post-“Twilight.”
Stewart received strong notices for her performance in “Camp X-Ray,” with Variety saying she “will surprise and impress those who know her only from the “Twilight” films.”
“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,” said Jonathan Sehring, prexy of IFC Films and its sister company Sundance Selects.
The deal was negotiated by IFC’s senior veep of acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco, along with UTA Independent Film Group and André Des Rochers, Esq. of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.