Ela Thier’s autobiographical drama is based on her short A Summer Rain and charts her childhood and friendships as a young Israeli immigrant.

Foreign Letters will get a limited theatrical run in New York in the first quarter of 2012 and will roll out day-and-date on VoD. The film will also be released as part of Film Movement’s Jewish Film Club series. Film Movement will also handle festival bookings.

Vice-president of acquisitions and distributions Rebeca Conget negotiated the deal with producer-director Thier.

“For her first feature, Ela has carefully crafted an intimate and personal film that perfectly captures the joys and worries of female adolescence, as well as the difficulties of adapting to a new country and culture,” Conget said.

“We were fortunate to be one of the first people to see the finished film, and are very excited to be part of its North American launch from the very beginning.”