'Blackthorn,' 'Phantom,' 'Combat Girls' among acquisitions
Swiss-German distrib Ascot Elite continues to bolster its lineup in German-speaking territories with a slew of new international titles.Acquisitions include helmer Mateo Gil’s Butch Cassidy pic “Blackthorn,” starring Sam Shepard and Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau, from 6 Sales; Todd Robinson’s supernatural submarine thriller “Phantom,” starring Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and Natasha McElhone, from K5; and Dan Rush’s comedy “Everything Must Go,” with Will Ferrell, from IM Global. Ascot Elite chief operating officer Stephan Giger said the strong lineup would make 2012 a decisive year for the company, which re-entered Germany’s theatrical market last year after a 10-year absence when it concentrated on its core Swiss biz. Other titles include David Wnendt’s “Combat Girls,” about two young women involved in Germany’s neo-Nazi scene; Richard de Aragues’ 3D doc “TT3D: Closer to the Edge,” which follows the treacherous and often deadly Tourist Trophy motorbike race on the Isle of Man, from Hanway; CMG’s 3D animated adaptation of Charles Tazewell’s bestselling kids’ book “The Littlest Angel”; and The Little Film Co.’s “Confessions of an Eco Terrorist,” Peter Brown’s docu about the seafaring exploits of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. As previously reported, Ascot Elite will also release Hannibal’s Bruce Willis starrer “Set Up,” and Sebastian Borensztein’s Argentine comedy ”Chinese Takeaway,” from Latido. The distrib’s upcoming releases include Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and “The Guard,” starring Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson.