UK distributor Optimum Releasing has acquired the UK rights to 2003 Palme D'Or winner Elephant.

The Gus Van Sant film was sold by HBO Films London.

Elephant also collected the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Other recent Optimum acquisitions include Julie Bertucelli's Since Otar Left and Faouzi Bensaidi's A Thousand Months. Upcoming releases include the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, American indies xx/xy and American Splendor, Oliver Stone's Comandante and Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Bon Voyage.