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IFC Finds ‘Cairo Time’ for Ruba Nadda’s Rom Drama

Don’t get me wrong, I heart Patricia Clarkson and just about anything that IFC distributes, but the reason why I was nowhere close to including Ruba Nadda’s romantic drama among my TIFF coverage (it won the Best Canadian Feature in Toronto) was the sentiment that this one is intended for a very specific crowd in mind: the women over 40 demo.

Don’t get me wrong, I heart Patricia Clarkson and just about anything that IFC distributes, but the reason why I was nowhere close to including Ruba Nadda’s romantic drama among my TIFF coverage (it won the Best Canadian Feature in Toronto) was the sentiment that this one is intended for a very specific crowd in mind: the women over 40 demo. IFC Films have announced the picked up Theatrical and VOD Release for their 2010 slate.

Cairo Time sees Clarkson play a woman who arrives in Cairo to meet her husband (Tom McCamus) only to be told he is unavoidably delayed in Gaza and has in turn sent his friend (Alexander Siddig), a retired Egyptian police officer, to pick her up. The brief love affair that follows catches them both completely off guard.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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