Metrodome to release Park's 'Thirst'

Deal with Palisades Tartan for U.K. TV, VOD library

LONDON -- U.K. distributor Metrodome is to release Park Chan Wook's Cannes jury prize winner "Thirst" in the U.K., as part of an overall deal with Palisades Tartan that gives Metrodome rights to represent Tartan's TV and VOD library in the U.K.

Joint winner of the 2009 Festival de Cannes Jury Prize, alongside Andrea Arnold's "Fishtank," "Thirst" tells the story of a failed medical experiment that turns a man of faith into a vampire.

The Palisades Tartan catalog also includes such titles as Park Chan Wook's 2004 Cannes jury prize winner "Oldboy," and its art house division includes the complete works of Ingmar Bergman, Paul Verhoeven's "Black Book" and the James Spader/Maggie Gyllenhaal starrer "Secretary."

The deals were negotiated by Metrodome CEO Peter Urie and Kevin Burns, CEO of Palisades Tartan.

Burns said the deal with Metrodome was a "fantastic fit" and would deliver an "enduring and prosperous relationship."