IFC Buys Gemma Arterton Drama ‘The Escape’ for North America

10 November 2017

IFC Films has nabbed U.S. and Canadian rights to “The Escape,” a character study that features a bravura turn by Gemma Arterton as an unhappy wife and mother. The film, which was written and directed by Dominic Savage (“Love + Hate”) and co-stars Dominic Cooper (“The History Boys”), premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

It earned strong reviews at the Canadian festival, with Variety’s Guy Lodge praising the lead performance, and writing that “‘The Escape’ works as an unsparing showcase for Arterton’s growing range and maturity as an actress.” Arterton has previously starred in “Clash of the Titans,” “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” and “Tamara Drewe.”

“The Escape” centers on Tara, a woman who loves her family, but feels trapped and unfulfilled by her life in a housing estate. She runs away after failing to receive an empathetic response to her frustrations from friends and loved ones. Tara goes on a journey of self-discovery, one that forces her to abandon her husband and kids


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