Regent Releasing grabs 'Serbis' rights

Cannes title will screen in Toronto on Friday

NEW YORK -- Regent Releasing has nabbed North American rights to Brillante Mendoza's Toronto fest entry "Serbis."

The 2008 Festival de Cannes official selection centers on a Filipino family forced to turn their dilapidated movie theater into a hustler-filled porn venue. They grapple with bigamy, unwanted pregnancy, incest and other issues against a harsh landscape.

The Philippine/French production has its North American premiere in Toronto on Friday, followed by a U.S. premiere Oct. 12 at the New York Film Festival. Regent plans a theatrical rollout for the foreign-language film in select U.S. cities in the winter.

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