Monterey Media takes U.S. rights to Anita Doron’s The Lesser Blessed

The U.S. deal for the Toronto title follows the specialty distributor earlier acquiring fellow Canadian titles like Guy Maddin's Keyhole and Ed Gass-Donnelly's Small Town Murder Songs.

Monterey Media has picked up the U.S. rights to the Anita Doron’s The Lesser Blessed, which bowed at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Entertainment One Film International sold the picture, which was produced by Christina Piovesan and First Generation Films, ahead of a late spring 2013 release south of the border.

The Lesser Blessed, which stars Benjamin Bratt, Kiowa Gordon and Chloe Rose, was adapted by Doron from native Canadian writer Richard Van Camp’s novel of the same name.

The Canadian coming-of-age drama is told through the eyes of Larry Sole, a Native-American teenager and portrays three unlikely friends isolated in a small rural town.

Monterey last year acquired the U.S. rights to Guy Maddin’s Keyhole from Entertainment One, and in 2011 grabbed the rights to Ed Gass-Donnelly‘s gothic crime drama Small Town Murder Songs.