The third deal of the Sundance Film Festival was closed yesterday as Lions Gate Films acquired worldwide rights to horror picture May written and directed by Lucky McKee. A loose retelling of Roman Polanski's Repulsion, May stars Angela Bettis as a girl who wants to make friends but lacks the confidence to do so because of a perceived imperfection that has kept her in a shell since childhood. But when she learns to hide her physical flaw, her attempts to connect with other people prove to be a disaster.

The deal, thought to be in the $0.8m range, was closed by Cinetic Media on behalf of the film's producers with Sergei Yershov, co-president of Lions Gate Films International and Jason Constantine, director of acquisitions at Lions Gate Films.

The film was produced by Marius Balchunas and Scott Sturgeon and co-stars James Sisto, Anna Faris and James Duval.