UK distributor Metrodome has acquired UK rights to TheAssassination of Richard Nixon and Private for its 2005 slate.

The Assassination of Richard Nixon played in UnCertain Regard at Cannes this year. It was directed by Niels Mueller andwritten by Mueller together with Kevin Kennedy, and stars Sean Penn, NaomiWatts and Don Cheadle. Metrodome are looking to release the film in March/early April 2005.

Also acquired for release in spring 2005, is Private,directed by Saverio Costanzo. A tense thriller starring Palestinian actor,Mohammad Bakri, it won the Golden Leopard prize for Best Film at the LocarnoFilm Festival with Bakri also scooping the prize for Best Actor.

Metrodome's release slate for the first half of 2005includes Cate Shortland's multi-award winning Somersault on Feb 25,Lukas Moodysson's A Hole in My Heart, Annette K. Olesen's In YourHands on March 11, and Mikael Hafstrom's Evil.