Regent acquires 'Tokyo' rights

Film has U.S. premiere Oct. 9 at New York fest

NEW YORK -- Following a Festival de Cannes win and Toronto bow, Regent Releasing has acquired North American rights to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's domestic drama "Tokyo Sonata."

The darkly comic portrait of a laid-off Japanese businessman (Teruyuki Kagawa) whose effort to hide his unemployment leads to the demise of his family won this year's Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in Cannes. "Sonata" will have its U.S. premiere Oct. 9 at the New York Film Festival, followed by a theatrical rollout in select U.S. cities early next year.

Yukie Kito and Fortissimo Films' Wouter Barendrecht produced the project for Kurosawa, who is better known for such "J-horror" genre films as "Pulse."

Regent's Mark Reinhart negotiated the deal with Fortissimo's Michael J. Werner.