Magazine article Screen International

Ascot Elite and Senator Film Go on Spending Sprees in Cannes

Magazine article Screen International

Ascot Elite and Senator Film Go on Spending Sprees in Cannes

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Ascot Elite Entertainment and Senator Film both had busy markets in Cannes with more than half a dozen new titles apiece in their luggage.

Zurich-based Ascot Elite Entertainment Group announced its acquisitions of all German rights for seven titles, including the previously announced pickup of the Werner Herzog-narrated documentary Dinostasia.

They are:

Peter Webber's [pictured] epic war drama Emperor , starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones and currently in postproduction, from Sierra/Affinity;

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's drama Mission: Blacklist - from Embankment Films - which stars Robert Pattinson in a true story about a US army staff sergeant who was instrumental in capturing the former dictator Saddam Hussein;

Steven Shainberg's next feature The Big Shoe about the lives and loves of a declared shoe and foot fetishist, to star Jim Sturgess, Mia Wasikowska, Amy Adams and Susan Sarandon - from HanWay Films;

Gabriele Salvatores' Siberian Education, based on the novel by Nicolai Lilin and starring John Malkovich, Peter Stormare and Eleanor Tomlinson, from WestEnd Films. The film had been shooting until the beginning of this year in Lithuania's Vilnius and will premiere at either Venice or Toronto this year;

Patxi Amezcua's thriller The 7th Floor about a Buenos Aires lawyer (played by Ricardo Darin) pursuing the kidnappers of his two young children, set to shoot this autumn - from Film Factory;

Ben Not's action-packed surfer film Drift with a cast headlined by Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel - from TF1 International.

Forthcoming releases for Ascot Elite's German theatrical arm Ascot Elite Filmverleih in the second half of 2012 include Ken Scott's Starbuck, Geoffrey Enthoven's Hasta La Vista, Paul Andrew Williams' A Song For Marion. Brian de Palma's latest film Passion and Jon S. Baird's Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth are lined up for release in early 2013. …

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