'Virgin,' 'Tahoe' land pickups

Regent, Film Movement acquire rights to fest darlings

Indie distributors Regent Releasing and Film Movement have snagged two film fest faves.

Regent has acquired worldwide rights to Russell Brown's sophomore feature "The Blue Tooth Virgin." Austin Peck, Bryce Johnson, Tom Gilroy and Karen Black star in the story of a rift between a screenwriter and his close magazine editor friend. "Virgin," which won the special jury award at this year's Seattle International Film Fest, will hit theaters in early 2009.

Film Movement nabbed North American rights to Fernando Eimbcke's Mexican dramedy "Lake Tahoe." The Spanish-language tale of a teen and the strange inhabitants of his small town picked up the FIPRESCI Award and the Alfred Bauer Prize at this January's Berlin International Film Festival. It will be released in U.S. theaters next year.

Regent's Mark Reinhart negotiated the "Virgin" deal with Eastgate Pictures' Ronna Wallace. Film Movement's Adley Gartenstein negotiated the "Tahoe" deal with Funny Balloons' Peter Dunner.

Leslie Simmons reported from Los Angeles; Gregg Goldstein reported from New York