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IFC Films will share the weight of distributing Duncan Tucker's controversial film Transamerica with the Weinstein Co. The two companies will codistribute the film domestically, with IFC being responsible for theater bookings and the Weinstein Co. handling the marketing and print costs of the film. Starring Felicity Huffman, Transamerica bowed at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, where Huffman won an acting award. It centers on Bree (Huffman), a preoperative transgender MTF, who flies to New York after she discovers she has a son from an unlikely encounter. The Weinstein Co. acquired the film shortly after the festival.
"When the opportunity came along to partner with Bob and Harvey [Weinstein] on Transamerica, we jumped at the chance," IFC president Jonathan Sehring said. "Having produced Boys Don't Cry and witnessing Hilary Swank's transformation, we were immediately struck by Felicity Huffman's jaw-dropping performance here. She is nothing short of fantastic as Bree." The New York companies have an existing relationship whereby the Weinstein Co. is the exclusive home video distributor for IFC Films and foreign sales agent for the indie studio. (Borys Kit, via Reuters)