Metrodome Distribution hastaken UK rights to Deepa Mehta's Water, the final project in the director's Element trilogy thatalso included 1996's Fire and 1998's Earth. Metrodome plans a June 2007 release.

The deal was negotiatedbetween sales agent Celluloid Dreams, producer David Hamilton and executiveproducer Doug Mankoff with Metrodome CEO Peter Urie, general manager theatricalSara Frain and acquisitions manager Kate Falconer.

The historical drama,starring Lisa Ray and Bollywood star John Abraham, is a historical drama aboutyoung widows living in 1938 India.

Water has been a box-office success in the US and Canada and is Canada's entry for foreign-language Oscar consideration.

"I am thrilled thatMetrodome is releasing Water in the UK," said Mehta. "It is very important for the film-makerthat their work is in the hands of a distributor who will nurture and care forit with the same passion with which the film was made".

Metrodome's Frain added: "DeepaMehta is an incredible talent and proves it once again with this beautiful,important and Oscar deserving film. We look forward to bringing Water to UK audiences next year and continuing the success thefilm has achieved so far throughout the US, Canada and many other territories."

Metrodome's forthcomingreleases include Days OfGlory (Indigenes), Them and Away FromHer.