By Brian Brooks | Indiewire May 17, 2009 at 3:34AM
Argentine director Lucia Puenzo's "El Nino Pez" (The Fish Child) and debut filmmaker Eran Merav's "Zion and His Brother" have reached a pact with Regent Releasing and Here Media for North American distribution rights from international sales agent MK2 at the Cannes Marche du Film, the company unveiled Sunday. Regent/Here will open both films in select cities in early 2010.
The acquisition deals for of the two titles were negotiated by Mark Reinhart for Regent/Here and Matthieu Giblin for MK2.
Screening at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, "Zion and His Brother" is set in a gritty neighborhood in Haifa, Israel. A series of cascading events begin to drive an alienating wedge between the inseparable protective older brother, Meir, and younger brother, Zion. Their loyalty is shanken and their interdependence fractured in this coming-of-age drama.
"El Nino Pez" is adapted from Puenzo's 2004 novel of the same name and focuses on an unassuming and pretty Lala (Ines Efron), a teenager from the most exclusive suburban neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Lala is madly in love with Guayi (Mariela Vitale - Emme), her family's gorgeous 20-year-old Paraguayan maid. The two dream of living together in Paraguay and begin to steal and sell all they can get their hands on to fund their escape. But when their risky plan goes terribly wrong, Guayi disappears and is taken into custody for a crime she did not commit. Desperate, Lala will stop at nothing to be with Guayi again...
"We are thrilled to be working with Lucia Puenzo and Eran Merav, two wonderfully innovative emerging filmmakers furthering our mission to bring powerful and thought-provoking world cinema to U.S. audiences," commented Mark Reinhart, General Manager and EVP, Distribution and Acquisitions for Regent/Here Media.
Upcoming Regent/Here releases include Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, "Departures" and Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury prize winner "Tokyo Sonata."