'Tinker Tailor,' 'Wettest County,' 'Gambit' among acquisitions
BERLIN — Leading Swiss distrib Ascot Elite has picked up a slew of high-profile films for Switzerland, among them Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and George Clooney’s political drama “The Ides of March.”Ascot acquired the adaptation of John Le Carre’s spy thriller, “Tinker,” which stars Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth, from StudioCanal. Sold by Exclusive Media and based on Beau Willimon’s play “Faragut North,” “Ides” stars Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti. Ascot also nabbed Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” based on the play “God of Carnage” by French scribe Yasmina Reza, directly from producer Said Ben Said of SBS Prods. Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly star in the film, about two couples who meet to discuss a playground fight between their sons only to descend into an intense dispute of their own. The pic recently wrapped shooting in Paris and is currently in post. The Zurich-based distrib also took Inferno Films’ “Cogan’s Trade,” Andrew Dominik’s heist thriller, starring Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell and Ray Liotta, as well as the Coen brothers’ remake of “Gambit.” Sold by producer Filmnation, Michael Hoffman’s drama stars Firth, Alan Rickman, Tom Courtenay and Cameron Diaz. Filmnation also sold John Hillcoat’s “The Wettest County in the World,” starring Hardy, Oldman, Guy Pearce and Shia LaBeouf.