Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to border drama “Frontera,” starring Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, Michael Pena, Aden Young and Amy Madigan.

The deal was closed at the Baja Film Festival in Los Cabos, Mexico, which Magnolia touted as a first for a major U.S. feature. Magnolia plans a 2014 theatrical  release.

“Frontera” was directed by Michael Berry from a script he co-wrote with Luis Moulinet III and produced by Ocean Blue Entertainment and exec producer Eric Austin Williams.

Story is set in the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Pena’s character crosses the border illegally for work — only to find himself wrongfully accused of murdering the wife of a former sheriff (Harris). When his pregnant wife (Longoria) tries to come to his aid, she lands in the hands of corrupt coyotes who hold her for ransom.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s John Von Thaden with CAA for the filmmakers. Myriad Pictures is handling international sales.