Patricia Clarkson Talks About Her New Indie Film To Show at the Berkshire Film Festival

By RON DICKER, Special to The Courant

May 30, 2010

Patricia Clarkson knows her way around a film festival almost as much as a film set.

 

“I spent a lot of my life on the film festival circuit because I’ve been in a lot of art movies,” she says. “It’s kind of a way of life now.”

The Yale-trained former Oscar nominee continues her barnstorming at the Berkshire International Film Festival, which will honor her Friday with its annual Achievement in Film Award, then screen her new movie, ” Cairo Time.” The festival runs Thursday through Sunday in and around Great Barrington, Mass., with a slate of 75 features, documentaries and shorts.

Clarkson knows the drill. Last month, she accompanied “Cairo Time” to the Tribeca and San Francisco film festivals. Next up is Aruba, then perhaps Nantucket and Provincetown. October was Qatar. Ahh, Qatar.

Clarkson recalls staying in a room with a lifesize horse lamp. “That was a first,” she says, her husky laughter filling the phone in a recent interview.

Often the go-to gal to supply big-time polish to low-budget movies, Clarkson says she embraces the chance at festivals to promote her films when the project’s marketing budget can’t.

“Cairo Time,” to be released in August, marks her first romantic two-hander in a career accelerated by her knack for sparkling in supporting roles. She and costar Alexander Siddig occupy nearly every frame in “Cairo Time,” director Ruba Nadda’s tender take on a relationship with boundaries

Patricia Clarkson will be honored Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Berkshire International Film Festival. The event includes a screening of her new film, “Cairo Time.” Passholders can attend a Tribute Celebration at 5:30 p.m. that day, which Clarkson will attend. Admission is $20.

The festival opens Thursday and runs through June 6 in Great Barrington, Mass. Ticket information and details: biffma.org.

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