The UK-based outfit becomes the latest distributor to acquire the co-directors’ debut feature.

Optimum Releasing has acquired UK rights to Ivan Engler and Ralph Etter’s feature debut Cargo from Munich-based Cinepool.

The sales company had previously sold Switzerland’s first ever sci-fi thriller film to Film Depot (Russia/CIS), Lens Media (China) and AT Entertainment/Atrium Productions (Japan).

Produced by Marcel Wolfisberg’s Atlantis Pictures Ltd in early 2008 after seven years in preparation, Cargo features newcomer Anna Katharina Schwabroh alongside Martin Rapold, Regula Grauwiller, Yangzom Brauen and Gilles Tschudi.

The film was theatrically released by Ascot Elite Entertainment in Switzerland last autumn and will be screened by Cinepool at next week’s European Film Market in Berlin.