Ascot Elite expands German arm

Swiss group re-enters German theatrical market

BERLIN — Swiss group Ascot Elite has re-entered Germany’s theatrical distrib market with Ryan Reynolds starrer “Buried,” its first big-screen release here in 15 years.

The new Ascot Elite Filmverleih, based in Munich, will release the Rodrigo Cortes-helmed thriller, about a U.S. contractor who is kidnapped in Iraq, this fall.

Ascot’s current lineup includes five new features: J. Blakeson’s “The Disappearance of Alice Creed,” with Gemma Arterton; John Curran’s “Stone,” starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich; “Walter Hill’s ‘St. Vincent” with Pierce Brosnan and Billy Bob Thorton; and John Michael McDonagh’s “The Guard” with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle.

Ascot, the leading independent distrib group in Switzerland, operated a theatrical division in Germany from 1984 to 1996. It returned to Germany a decade later to set up a home entertainment subsidiary in Stuttgart.

“For the German market this is a rare offering,” said Ascot Elite CEO Ralph Dietrich. “Not many film companies combine theatrical distribution and marketing, home video and TV sales all under one umbrella. We’re certain this unique combination will lead to the most successful, seamless and integrated distribution system in Germany.”

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