Optimum Releasing has acquired all UK rights toTommy Lee Jones' directorial debut The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estradafrom EuropaCorp.

The western was a critical hit at Cannes whereit won best actor for Tommy Lee Jones and best screenplay for GuillermoArriaga.

Screen's review says the drama recalls SamPeckinpah, taking a bittersweet view of the West and the border dividing Mexicofrom America. For the full review click here.

The film will be premiered in the US as one of AFI FEST2005's centerpiece galas on Nov 7 and 8.

Sony Pictures Classics has taken North and SouthAmerican rights