I'm guessing that Rade Sherbedgia (pictured above) portrays the archeologist.
Podeswa's film "The Five Senses" was the opener at my first festival in 1999. Lately, it appears that he has been focusing on TV directing episodes of (John from Cincinnati, The Riches, The L Word, Queer as Folk, Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, Rome, Carnivale) among others.
The film is based on a novel by Anne Michaels which won the Orange Prize in 1997. The Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction is awarded annually for the best original full-length novel by a female author of any nationality, written in English and published in the UK in the preceding year.