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“You can’t understand until it happens to you.”
Roya, played by Mahnaz Afshar, listens to this line left on her answering machine repeatedly. It is a part of her husband, Ali’s, confession to his infidelity with one of Roya’s piano students, with whom he’s run off. Ali sees himself as a victim of his passion, but for Roya, it is one of many moments in which her emotions and how she feels them are constricted or reshaped by the people around her, both male and female. Snow On Pines is about her struggle to cope with those feelings on her own terms in a society where traditions dictate her every move. Though this story is colored by the Iranian experience, its ideological aspirations are universally recognizable and not limited to arbitrary borders. Roya’s conflict is seen all over the world, even in countries considered significantly »
- Jae K. Renfrow
We weren’t too impressed by Kristen Stewart’s latest dramatic venture, the Guantanamo-set drama Camp X-Ray, when it bowed at the Sundance Film Festival last month (nor were a fair number of critics, judging by the film’s current 56% Rotten rating on aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes), but the film has landed a distributor all the same. IFC Films announced earlier today that they have inked a deal to distribute the film for North American audiences.
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.
The film, which focuses on the unusual relationship between »
- Isaac Feldberg
The drama, which screened in competition at Sundance last month, opened to warm responses in early reviews, praising Stewart’s performance in particular, and it’s nice to know that it’s found a home in a distributor as strong and well-rounded as IFC.
A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. As two people on opposite sides of a war, they struggle to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. »
- Kenji Lloyd
After premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival last month, the Guantanamo Bay centric drama Camp X-Ray has been picked up by IFC Films. The company announced the acquisition to the North American rights to the film from debut director Peter Sattler, which should have no problem finding an audience with The Twilight Saga lead Kristen Stewart starring. In the film, Stewart plays a young woman who joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots, but ends up as a rookie guard at the questionable detainee facility Guantanamo Bay, codenamed Camp X-Ray. More below! The film takes a sappy turn when she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees played by A Separation star Payman Maadi (or Peyman Moaadi). After seeing the film at Sundance, I was not impressed, and wrote in my review, "While the narrative has noble intentions »
- Ethan Anderton
IFC Films has announced that they will distribute Peter Sattler's "Camp X-Ray" throughout North America. The film, which stars Kristen Stewart as a rookie guard at Guantanamo Bay and Peyman Moaadi ("A Separation") as a detainee she develops a friendship with, debuted at Sundance this year in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Read More: What Critics Are Saying About Kristen Stewart in 'Camp X-Ray' This is the third acquisition by IFC Films from Sundance, following Jim Mickle's thriller "Cold in July" and John Slattery's directorial debut "God's Pocket," starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, while their sister label IFC Midnight acquired Jennifer Kent's much talked about horror film "The Babadook." The company is also distributing Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which it debuted at the festival to high acclaim, and "The Trip to Italy," the follow-up to Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's "The Trip. »
- Max O'Connell
The Kristen Stewart-in-Gitmo movie that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival has landed a distributor. IFC Films announced today that it had acquired the North American rights to the film, which tells the story of a friendship that develops between a lonely military guard (Stewart) and a detainee (A Separation’s Payman Maadi) at the notorious prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Peter Sattler, Camp X-Ray received mixed reviews at the Utah festival.
- Jeff Labrecque
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 wholly 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.”
See Also: Sundance Film Review: ‘Camp X-Ray’
“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, »
- Andrew Stewart
IFC Films took North American rights to Peter Sattler’s directorial debut film Camp X-Ray, which made its debut at Sundance. Pic stars Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi and Lane Garrison, and was produced by Gina Kwon, and executive produced by Emmy Ellison, Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, David Gordon Green and Sophia Lin. Stewart plays a soldier who gets assigned guard duty at Guantanamo Bay, where she strikes up a friendship with a detainee. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Peter Sattler’s directorial debut “Camp X-Ray,” which stars Kristen Stewart as a Guantanamo Bay guard, the company announced Thursday. Sattler also wrote the film, 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 co-star in the movie, which premiered in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Also Read: Sundance: Kristen Stewart’s Guantanamo Bay Drama ‘Camp X-Ray’ Draws Warm Response, Partial Standing-o Stewart plays a young woman who joins the military to be »
- Jeff Sneider
IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Peter Sattler's directorial debut film Camp X-Ray. The film, with a screenplay by Sattler, stars Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi and Lane Garrison, made its world premiere Jan. 17 at Eccles Theatre as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the Sundance Film Festival. Film Review: Camp X-Ray Gina Kwon produced the drama about a young woman (Stewart) who joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots but ends up as a rookie guard at Guantanamo Bay. Her mission is far
- Tatiana Siegel
IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to Peter Sattler.s directorial debut film Camp X-Ray . The film, with a screenplay by Sattler, stars Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi and Lane Garrison, and was produced by Gina Kwon, and executive produced by Emmy Ellison, Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, David Gordon Green and Sophia Lin. The film made its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section. In the film, a young woman (Stewart) joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots, but ends up as a rookie guard at Guantanamo Bay. Her mission is far from black and white, as she is surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive male squadmates. When she strikes »
Title: Camp X-Ray Director: Peter Sattler Starring: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria, John Carroll Lynch Guantanamo Bay is a topic that immediately brings images and themes to mind, and is certain to be controversial, regardless of where a given person falls on the political spectrum. Peter Sattler’s film Camp X-Ray is a look at one guard and the relationship she forms with a detainee, two people in impossibly different worlds living so close to each other and interacting on a daily basis. Sattler’s ambitious project is great food for thought, and though it might not be entirely realistic, it definitely tells a good story and has a [ Read More ]
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Scott Foundas: They say dogs come to resemble their owners (or vice versa), but if you hang around a film festival long enough, do you start to resemble the movies? That thought crossed my mind on Sundance’s final Sunday, when, as I was leaving a screening at the Eccles Theater, a volunteer enthusiastically congratulated me on my lead performance in the festival’s big award winner, “Whiplash,” which took both the audience award and the grand jury prize in this year’s U.S. dramatic competition. Of course, it’s flattering to be mistaken for Miles Teller, who’s a very good actor (in addition to being nine years my junior), but I couldn’t help wondering if something more mysterious was afoot.
Maybe that’s because, just the day before, I had caught up with another of this year’s Sundance breakouts, “I Origins,” in which the »
- Scott Foundas, Peter Debruge and Justin Chang
Kristen Stewart continues her attempts to shrug her mainstream Twilight fame with Camp X-Ray, a film in which she likely assumed she would be able to prove herself as a serious actor. However, while Stewart’s performance isn’t exactly Oscar-worthy, it’s the film itself that lets her down in the end. Despite her best efforts and the talents of A Separation’s Peyman Moaadi, this character-driven effort is one of the noteworthy disappointments of Sundance 2014.
The film, helmed by first time director and screenwriter Peter Sattler, follows Stewart as Private Amy Cole, a guard at Guantanamo Bay. Cole quickly sets herself apart as an upstanding soldier but fails to follow one unwritten rule: Don’t let the detainees get under your skin. It’s not long before she finds herself in a friendship with a man named Ali (Moaadi), who has been detained for eight years. A translator, »
- Emily Estep
‘Camp X-Ray’: Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi praised, but mixed reviews for Sundance 2014 political drama (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The Guardian‘s Xan Brooks wasn’t too crazy about first-time feature film director Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray, screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival last week, though he did appreciate the acting of stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight, On the Road) and Peyman Moaadi (the male lead in Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner A Separation). In Camp X-Ray, Stewart plays a U.S. army private sent to Guantanamo, where she befriends one of the inmates, Ali (Moaadi), who claims to be an innocent man trapped in the American gulag and who also happens to be a devout follower of both the Koran and the Harry Potter books. Xan Brooks wrote: "Nestled somewhere deep inside Camp X-Ray — possibly in handcuffs, conceivably hooded — is a decent, »
- C. Vernon
VH1 caught up with the cast of Camp X-Ray at the Sundance Film Festival last week, which stars Kristen Stewart as a Guantanamo Bay guard who befriends an inmate, played by Payman Maadi. The film is garnering solid reviews — as is Kristen’s performance — and her co-stars gushed about everything from her commitment to developing her character to her stellar sports skills.
“She was amazing from day one,” said Tara Holt. “She definitely does her research. She’s so serious about her work.”
Tara said Kristen’s commitment was next level. “I went over to her house, and she had these pictures hanging on her ceiling of gross prison cells and disgusting prison life taped above her bed,” she told us. “And I was like, ‘You are hard-core.”
Maadi called Kristen “a great partner” onscreen, while Lane Garrison praised her prowess on the b-ball court. “She’s got a great jump-shot! »
- Kate Spencer
Plot: A young woman (Kristen Stewart) stationed as a guard at Guantanamo Bay forms an unlikely friendship with a charismatic prisoner (Payman Maadi). Review: A movie about Guantanamo Bay is sure to divide audiences. Now that Camp X-ray has premiered to mostly solid buzz at the Sundance film festival, you can expect it to stir up a ton of controversy once it gets released (a theatrical bow seems a certainty). It's sure to be a conversation starter, which- more than anything else- seems »
- Chris Bumbray
Kristen Stewart's Us soldier falls in love with a wild-eyed detainee behind the razor wire of Guantanamo Bay. Now what could possibly go wrong?
Camp X-Ray, the debut feature from writer-director Peter Sattler, is a platonic Romeo and Juliet tale in which the characters converse at length across the great divide, separated by wire-mesh glass or chain-link fence. If nothing else, Sattler's fumbled Gitmo romance proves that its star, Kristen Stewart, is well set for a fulfilling career outside the lucrative Twilight franchise. But the film itself is so crude and overstretched, it's a wonder she didn't attempt to tunnel out before the credits rolled.
Stewart plays Private Amy Cole, swamped in fatigues, her hair scraped back and sent behind the wire at Guantanamo Bay, where she proceeds to distribute rations and library books to the luckless detainees. Locked inside his cell, Ali (Peyman Moaadi) decorates styrofoam cups with »
- Xan Brooks
On Entourage, Vincent Chase would do his dumb-whore popcorn movies (like Aqua-Man) and feel humiliated, but the truth is that he rarely looked more hapless than when he was making one of his “integrity” projects — like his Pablo Escobar biopic, or the I’m-just-Vinnie-from-the-block indie Queens Boulevard, which wound up getting showcased at Sundance. If Entourage wasn’t about Vincent Chase but was about Kristen Stewart instead, her Escobar-meets-Queens Boulevard wince-worthy integrity dud might be Camp X-Ray, in which Stewart plays a guard at Guantanamo Bay who winds up uncovering the big lie of American anti-terrorist policy by making friends »
- Owen Gleiberman
Park City, Utah -- After the premiere of Camp X-Ray on Friday, director Peter Sattler and the cast -- Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi and Lane Garrison -- stopped by THR's video lounge to talk about the drama about a Guantanamo Bay prison guard. Twilight star Stewart plays the young guard, who strikes up a friendship with one of the prisoners (Maadi). The cast spoke to THR about shooting the film at a prison in Whittier, Calif., where Guantanamo was recreated. Video: 5 Breakout Stars at this Year's Sundance Film Festival "There's a lot of reference material, so we came to know these
- Rebecca Ford
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