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Metrodome obtains U.K. 'Water' rights

Metrodome obtains U.K. 'Water' rights
LONDON -- U.K. distribution company Metrodome said Tuesday that it has obtained all U.K. rights for Water, the final installment of Deepa Mehta's trilogy about India.

Metrodome plans to release Water here in June.

The trilogy's previous titles are Fire and Earth, and all the films deal with issues that affect the lives of Hindu women. Water deals with the dehumanization of women by religion.

"It is very important for the filmmaker that their work is in the hands of a distributor who will nurture and care for it with the same passion with which the film was made," Mehta said in a statement.

The deal was negotiated for Metrodome by CEO Peter Urie, general manager theatrical Sara Frain and acquisitions manager Kate Falconer, with sales agent Celluloid Dreams, producer David Hamilton and executive producer Doug Mankoff.

Fox Searchlight released Water in April in the U.S., where it earned a record-breaking $5 million for a Hindi-language flick, Metrodome said.

Featuring Lisa Ray and Bollywood star John Abraham and shot in Hindi, Water is set during the rise of Mahatma Gandhi in the late 1930s.

Court lets 'Water' flow

Court lets 'Water' flow
NEW DELHI -- An application seeking an order to prevent director Deepa Mehta's Water from opening the Toronto International Film Festival was rejected Tuesday in the Delhi High Court. However, the court did issue a summons for Mehta to appear for a Nov. 8 hearing. The application was filed by Anuradha Dutta, a filmmaker who claims that Water -- the culmination of a trilogy that Mehta started with 1996's Fire then followed with Earth -- is based on the English version of her Bengali-language film Shei Shmoy (Those Days), itself based on a novel by Sunil Gangopadhaya. The court's summons notice to Mehta also follows on from a case filed by the helmer in 2000, when she filed a suit seeking a declaration from the court that Water was not infringing the Copyright Act and that the film was not based on the Bengali novel by Gangopadhaya or its English translation.

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