Pics set for German fest premieres

BERLIN — Zurich-based distrib Ascot Elite has picked up Toronto faves “The Hunter” and “Starbuck” for German-speaking territories.

“The Hunter” is Daniel Nettheim’s Australian thriller about a man sent to find the last surviving Tasmanian tiger, adapted from Julia Leigh’s novel. It stars Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor

Ken Scott’s Quebec laffer “Starbuck” stars Patrick Huard as a sperm donor whose early enthusiasm for easy money comes back to bite him in an unexpected way.

Both pics were acquired from eOne and will have their Euro preems at a German fest in 2012.

“To find raw gems in the heaps of new features on the market is what is really

enjoyable in the business,” said Stephan Giger, Ascot Elite’s chief operating officer.

Ascot Elite, which has been enjoying a strong arthouse release in Germany with John Michael McDonagh’s “The Guard,” will next release Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter,” Argentine box office hit “Chinese Take-Away” and German drama “Combat Girls.”

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