France's Rezo Films has acquired international rights to Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Frozen River. Sony Pictures Classics is handling US distribution on Courtney Hunt's first feature.

Set in a real-life smuggling zone on a Native American reservation between NY State and Quebec, the film is the story of two women who smuggle illegal immigrants across the St Lawrence River from Canada to the US. Although both women swear each trip will be their last, one final run leads to a showdown with the law on all sides. The film stars Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe and Mark Boone Jr.

The deal with was negotiated during Sundance between Rezo's Sebastien Chesneau and the William Morris Agency's Rena Ronson and Jerome Duboz.

Also in Berlin, Rezo is handling Welcome Home, a drama feature by Oscar-winning documentary director Jean-Xavier Lestrade and starring Robinson Stevenin and Fanny Valette; Marion Lane's A Simple Heart with Sandrine Bonnaire, Marina Fois, Pascal Elbe and Johan Libereau and based on the novel by Gustave Flaubert; Abbas Fahdel's Dawn Of The World starring La Graine Et Le Mulet revelation Hafsia Herzi and set after the first Gulf War and Karim Dridi's Khamsa about a young boy's spiral into delinquency

Rezo is also representing Panorama title Guilty by Laetitia Masson; Volker Schloendorff's Ulzhan which is opening the German Cinema sidebar; world premiere Two Lives Plus One by Idit Cebula and John Sayles' Honeydripper.