Anywhere Road and Red Envelope Entertainment have acquired Tata Amaral's Brazilian musical drama Antonia for North America.

The partners plan a US theatrical release on Aug 17 for the story of four gifted friends from violent and poor backgrounds to release their dreams of becoming a hip hop band. The film first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last September.

Amaral co-wrote the film with Roberto Moreira, and produced with Georgia Costa Araujo. City Of God producers Andrea Barata Ribeiro and Bel Berlinck served as co-producers along with Fernando Meirelles.

'We are extremely proud and delighted to announce our first acquisition and our partnership with Red Envelope,' president Robert Ogden Barnum, president of fledgling San Francisco-based distributor Anywhere Road, said. 'We couldn't be more thrilled.'

'Antonia is the kind of visceral, vibrant and wildly popular film we actively pursue to add to our slate,' Bahman Naraghi, head of Red Envelope Entertainment, added.

'Rob and his team's smart, creative approach made for an easy decision when we discussed partnering. We look forward to bringing this film to the widest possible audience together.'