UK distributor Metrodome has acquired UK rights to three new documentaries - Bus 174, The Corporation and The Last Victory.
Constructed from footage transmitted live on Brazilian TV, Jose Padilha's Bus 174 recounts an infamous 2000 bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro. The film has been shortlisted for the 2004 Academy Awards nominations (Best Documentary Feature). Metrodome plan to release Bus 174 in April.
At this year's IDFA (International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam), Metrodome acquired the rights to two documentaries from Films Transit International.
The Corporation, directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbot, is a study of the modern global Corporation. First shown in a longer version at the Toronto Film Festival 2003, The Corporation won the Joris Ivens Special Jury Award at IDFA and has been selected for the World Cinema/Documentary strand at Sundance.
John Appel's crowd-pleasing The Last Victory tells the story of the Palio - the famous annual horse races in the large square of Siena, Italy.
Deals for The Corporation and The Last Victory were negotiated by Ben Roberts at Metrodome and Barbara Truyen for Films Transit International. Both films will be released in the summer.
Last year Metrodome released Spellbound, which is on course to gross $900,000 at the UK Box Office.
Other recent acquisitions by Metrodome include Venice 2003 prize-winner Vodka Lemon, and Alejandro Agresti's Argentinean comedy Valentin.