New York-based Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Lance Daly’s Irish box office hit Kisses.

Newcomers Kelly O’Neill and Shane Curry star as two children who flee abusive homes and head for Dublin in search of a better life.

Kisses premiered at Telluride Film Festival last autumn and screened at the Toronto Film Festival, among many others. It won the audience prize at this year’s Miami Film Festival and was named best film at the Galway Film Festival.

Daly wrote the screenplay and produced with Macdara Kelleher of Dublin-based Fastnet films. Backing for the $2.3m production came from the Irish Film Board, Sweden’s Film i Vast, the Broadcasting Commission Of Ireland, TV3 and Lasr Von Trier’s Zentropa in Denmark. Focus Features International is handling overseas sales.

Oscilloscope Laboratories’ slate includes So Yong Kim’s Treeless Mountain, Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s The Garden, Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy And Lucy and Anders Ostergaard’s Burma VJ.