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February 26, 2009 9:09 AM
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Regent Takes "The Devil" to the U.S.

A scene from Roger Spottiswoode's "Shake Hands with the Devil." Image courtesy of Regent Releasing.

Roger Spottiswoode's docudrama "Shake Hands with the Devil" has been picked up by Regent Releasing, the company announced Thursday. Regent acquired the film, which includes U.S. distribution rights, from Halifax Film, a DHX Media company and plans a Summer 2009 release.

The acquisition was negotiated by Mark Reinhart for Regent and International Creative Management, which represented U.S. rights and also represents Spottiswoode.

Nominated for 13 Genie Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Academy Award) including Best Motion Picture and Best Achievement in Direction, "Shake Hands With The Devil" is based on the acclaimed best-selling book by Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire and stars actor Roy Dupuis as and Deborah Kara Unger.

"Regent is honored to bring Lieutenant-General Dallaire's inspiring story to US audiences this summer," said Mark Reinhart, General Manager and Executive Vice President Distribution and Acquisitions for Regent. "'Shake Hands With The Devil' illustrates a beautiful message of humanity through the perseverance and courageous acts of one man."

Upcoming Regent releases include the 2008 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, "Departures," the 2008 Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury prize winner "Tokyo Sonata," Iran's Official entry for the 81st Academy Awards, "The Song of Sparrows," the 2008 Cannes Official Competition entry "Serbis," and two-time Annie Award nominee, "$9.99."

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