Regent, Here reel in 'El Nino Pez'

Argentinean drama is from Lucia Puenzo

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CANNES -- Regent Releasing has acquired North American rights from MK2 to the Argentinean drama "El Nino Pez" (The Fish Child), the second film from director Lucia Puenzo, and "Zion and His Brother," from debut filmmaker Eran Merav. An early 2010 release in select cities are planned for both films.

Regent will distribute both films in select cities in early 2010.

"El Nino," which played both the Berlin and Tribeca fests, was produced by Luis Puenzo and Jose Maria Morales and co-produced by MK2's Marin Karmitz, Nathanael Karmitz and Charles Gillibert. Adapted from Puenzo's 2004 novel, it focuses on the teenage Lala (Ines Efron), who is in love with Guayi (Mariela Vitale), her family's 20-year-old Paraguayan maid.

"Zion," which played Sundance, was produced by Assaf Amir and Yoav Roek with co-producers Marin Karmitz, Nathanael Karmitz and Charles Gillibert. It stars Tzahi Grad and Reuven Badalov as two brothers in a gritty neighborhood in Haifa.

Regent's upcoming domestic releases include the Japanese film "Departures," this year's Oscar winner as best foreign-language feature.