IFCFilms will partner with The Weinstein Company to distribute Duncan Tucker's hot-buttonroad movie Transamerica.
Thefilm's central character, a Christian transsexual played by Felicity Huffman, isseen as a potent Oscar vehicle for the Desperate Housewives actress.
Thetwo companies, who already share a broadly defined strategic alliance, willjointly share the distribution of the film, which premiered at the 2005 TribecaFilm Festival
IFCEntertainment's President Jonathan Sehring said the company "jumped at thechance" of working with the Weinsteins on Transamerica.
"Havingproduced Boys Don't Cry andwitnessing Hilary Swank's transformation, we were immediately struck byFelicity Huffman's jaw-dropping performance here. She is nothing short offantastic, " said Sehring.
Transamericafocuses on Bree (Huffman), aborn-again Christian and a pre-operative, male-to-female transsexual, who fliesto New York after she discovers she has a son from an unlikely encounter.
Greetingthe boy in the guise of a Christian missionary, Bree attempts to deliver him tohis stepfather while on their way back to Los Angeles.
Inaddition to Huffman, the cast includes Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan,Elizabeth Pena and Graham Green. William H. Macy exec produced the filmwith Linda Moran, Rene Bastian and Sebastian Dungan producing through the
Thefilm debuted at The 2005 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired shortly afterthe close of the festival by The Weinstein Co. Around that time, ContentFilmInternational announced it had acquired foreign sales rights to the film.
Huffmanwon an acting award at Tribeca and the film was also honored at the Berlin FilmFestival with a Reader Jury Award.
TheWeinstein Co is the exclusive home video distributor for IFC Films and foreignsales agent for the indie studio.
IFC, whose corporate overlordJames Dolan enjoys close ties with Harvey Weinstein, also co-distributed theWeinstein produced box office phenomenon Fahrenheit 9/11 last year.