Rezo navigating 'Frozen River'
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PARIS -- French production, distribution and sales company Rezo heated up the European Film Market early by nabbing international rights Wednesday to "Frozen River," Courtney Hunt's grand jury prizewinner at last month's Sundance Film Festival.
The film stars Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott and Michael O'Keefe in a story about a struggling single mother and a Mohawk Indian woman who join forces to sneak immigrants into the U.S.
"Frozen River" will be released stateside by Sony Pictures Classics. Rezo head of world sales Sebastien Chesneau and WMA's Rena Ronson and Jerome Duboz began negotiations at Sundance during the festival and signed the papers late Tuesday.
"For me, this was a true discovery, one like only Sundance can bring," Chesneau said. "I was not only impressed by the acting of the two female leads but also by the intensity of the filmmaking."
Rezo has been making a name for itself lately, with six films in the official selection at last year's Festival de Cannes and strong sales worldwide for Julie Delpy's "2 Days in Paris" and John Sayles' "Honeydripper."
The international sales agent also is bringing a series of Berlin International Film Festival selections to the market, including Laetitia Masson's "Guilty" and the opening film for the German Cinema sidebar, Volker Schlondorff's "Ulzhan."