Miramax Films has acquired the US distribution rights to “Ararat” written and directed by Atom Egoyan (Felicia’s Journey, The Sweet Hereafter and Exotica), produced by Robert Lantos (Sunshine, The Sweet Hereafter, Black Robe) and Egoyan, and presented by Alliance Atlantis and Serendipity Point Films, it was announced today by Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.

Set against the production of an epic film about the Armenian Genocide of 1915, “Ararat” is a contemporary story that weaves between history in the making and the impact of history on our lives. “Ararat” explores the quest for personal, sexual and cultural identity through the intimate moments shared by lovers, strangers and families.

“Ararat,” starring Bruce Greenwood, Eric Bogosian, Elias Koteas, Christopher Plummer, Charles Aznavour, Arsinée Khanjian, Marie-Josée Croze, Brent Carver, and newcomer David Alpay, is produced by Serendipity Point Films with Alliance Atlantis, which will distribute in international markets and in Canada.

“I am excited to be working with Atom Egoyan again, especially on such an important film like this about such a serious subject,” said Harvey Weinstein. “As soon as I read the script, I knew Miramax was the right home for this project.”
“ARARAT is a film that demands to be seen by the largest possible audience and Miramax is definitely the company that has the means and the passion to be able to do that successfully,” said Atom Egoyan. “They did a tremendous job with Exotica, and I am absolutely thrilled that they are going to be distributing what I think is my most personal and important piece of work.”

“’Ararat’ is a film about historic events which continue to affect humanity today,” said Robert Lantos. “I welcome Miramax as an ally in our determination, through this film, to shed light on the never acknowledged Armenian genocide.”

Charles Layton, evp, office of the co-chairman, and Andrew Herwitz, svp of acquisitions, negotiated the deal on behalf of Miramax. Mark Musselman negotiated the deal on behalf of Serendipity Point Films and Patrice Theroux on behalf of Alliance Atlantis.