Metrodome obtains U.K. 'Water' rights


LONDON -- U.K. distribution company Metrodome said Tuesday that it has obtained all U.K. rights for "Water," the final installment of Deepa Mehta's trilogy about India.

Metrodome plans to release "Water" here in June.

The trilogy's previous titles are "Fire" and "Earth," and all the films deal with issues that affect the lives of Hindu women. "Water" deals with the dehumanization of women by religion.

"It is very important for the filmmaker that their work is in the hands of a distributor who will nurture and care for it with the same passion with which the film was made," Mehta said in a statement.

The deal was negotiated for Metrodome by CEO Peter Urie, general manager theatrical Sara Frain and acquisitions manager Kate Falconer, with sales agent Celluloid Dreams, producer David Hamilton and executive producer Doug Mankoff.

Fox Searchlight released "Water" in April in the U.S., where it earned a record-breaking $5 million for a Hindi-language flick, Metrodome said.

Featuring Lisa Ray and Bollywood star John Abraham and shot in Hindi, "Water" is set during the rise of Mahatma Gandhi in the late 1930s.