Roadside Attractions has acquired all U.S. rights to Bella, winner of the People's Choice Award at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Alejandro Gomez Monteverde's romantic drama stars Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard as a young single waitress fired from her job right after discovering that she is pregnant. The restaurant's empathetic chef (Mexican star Eduardo Verastegui) follows her around New York for a day, developing a bond that helps each discover truths about themselves and each other.
Lionsgate, which purchased a minority stake in Roadside in July, will handle all domestic ancillary distribution.
The English-language Metanoia Films project marks Mexican director Monteverde's feature debut. It won the prestigious Legacy Award from the Latino arm of the Smithsonian Institution, and Monteverde was honored at the White House with the American by Choice Award for his contributions to Latino arts and culture.