Tartan Films USA and TLA Releasing have jointly acquiredNorth American rights to Gregg Araki's drama Mysterious Skin.

The deal for the controversial film was brokered by TartanFilms USA chief executive officer M J Peckos and John Sloss of Cinetic Media.

Tartan and TLA plan a May 2005 theatrical release with DVDset to follow in the autumn. The companies already have an agreement wherebyTLA distributes all DVD and video product from Tartan Video.