Kelly O’Neill and Shane Curry in hit Irish film "Kisses"

The Irish film sensation “Kisses” is heading to America.

Feature film distributor Oscillocope Laboratories has earned the North American rights to the hit Irish film, “Kisses.”

The New York-based company, owned by hip hop artist Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys, made the announcement on Thursday, April 16 that they will open the acclaimed film in theaters later this year.

“Kisses,” from writer/director Lance Daly, is a romantic coming-of-age comedy about two Irish kids who run away from their bleak housing project in search of better days and dive into Dublin’s nightlife. The film, shot both in color and black and white, highlights the ups and downs of pre-adolescence through the story of the Kylie and Dylan, played by 12-year-old newcomers Kelly O’Neill and Shane Curry.

The picture was released in Ireland in November 2008, and became the highest grossing Irish film of the year.

It picked up several awards, including Best Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh and the director prize at the Irish Film Awards. The movie screened at the prestigious Telluride, Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals, and won the Audience Prize at this year’s Miami International Film Festival.