IFC Films Buys Kristen Stewart's Guantanamo Bay Indie 'Camp X-Ray'
by Ethan Anderton
February 6, 2014
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 and attempts to shine a necessary light on a failing system in our military, there are elements of this film that feel like a TV movie from the 90s." The film feels heavy-handed, melodramatic, and not helped by the limited acting abilities of Kristen Stewart. But of course, her fans will still turn out to see it whenever it's released.