EXCLUSIVE: HanWay boards RT Features thriller about 2010 favela siege.

HanWay Select has boarded sales on RT Features thriller Rio Siege, which is currently in post-production.

Based on true events, the film charts the story of five policemen who are caught deep undercover when the Brazilian military storm favela Alemao to flush out drug barons.

Jose Eduardo Belmonte directs a cast that includes Antonio Fagundes, Caua Reymond, Caio Blat, Gabriel Braga Nunes and Otavio Muller. The film is produced by Frances Ha and Night Moves producer Rodrigo Teixeira and is based on his original idea.

Teixeira, who took the project to HanWay with RT partner Lourenço Sant’ Anna, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with such a respected sales company as HanWay. It confirms our belief in the type of film we’re making and evidences Brazil’s new hotspot on the market. We’re positive audiences will respond incredibly well to Rio Siege.

HanWay Select director of sales and distribution Fabien Westerhoff added: “HanWay teaming up with RT Features illustrates our push into foreign language genre films. This is the story of a few unknown heroes who participated in one of the greatest episodes in the fight against the drug trade and violence in Brazil’s recent history.”

HanWay is in Cannes with festival entries Only Lovers Left Alive, Seduced and Abandoned, A Story of Children and Film and Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor 3D.