On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival, Rialto Entertainment has bought Australian and New Zealand rights for Broken Wings from Pathe. The film was Israel's best foreign film contender at this year's Academy Awards.

Rialto principal Kelly Rogers describes the film, which he saw for the first time at Berlin, as an emotionally satisfying and heartfelt drama with superb performances.

He is planning a September launch after screenings at the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals.

Sony Pictures Classics has the film for the US and Optimum is releasing it in the UK.