Magazine article Screen International

Ascot Elite Secures Seven Titles at EFM, Splendid Film Picks Up Nine

Magazine article Screen International

Ascot Elite Secures Seven Titles at EFM, Splendid Film Picks Up Nine

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New films by Brian de Palma and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are among seven new acquisitions made by Zurich-based Ascot Elite Entertainment Group at lastmonth's European Film Market (EFM), while Cologne's Splendid Film has picked up nine titles for exploitation in German-speaking Europe and the Benelux.

Ascot Elite acquired the theatrical and home entertainment rights for German-speaking Europe to Brian de Palma's feature film Passion, a remake of the French thriller Crime d'Amour, from producer SBS Productions. The co-production with Germany's Integral Film, which received [euro]400,000 funding from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg last month, has a cast including Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace and Karoline Herfurth. Shooting begins in Berlin next week on March 5 with an eye to a premiere at the 2013 Berlinale.

In addition, the same rights were secured from ZDF Enterprises from Kathrine Winfield's Agent Hamilton - In The Interest Of The Nation [pictured], starring Mikael Persbrandt, Jason Flemyng and Pernilla August, which is one of the highest grossing local films in Scandinavia. The thriller is the first film of a trilogy to be adapted from the bestselling novels by Jan Guillou.

At the same time, Ascot Elite acquired all German rights for the following five titles:

John S. Baird's provocative black comedy Filth, which is based on Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name and stars James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Jim Broadbent. The co-production with Germany's Egoli Tossell Film began shooting in the UK in January and is being sold internationally by Sierra/Affinity. …

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