Pic marks latest acquisition for Swiss distrib's Teutonic arm

BERLIN — Ascot Elite has picked up all German-speaking rights to Cannes Critics’ Week winner “Take Shelter.”

The distrib, which previously acquired Swiss rights to the Jeff Nichols-directed drama from FilmNation Entertainment, will now release the pic in Germany through its German theatrical arm Ascot Elite Filmverleih.

Taking Shelter” stars Michael Shannon (“Man of Steel”) and Jessica Chastain (“The Help”), and centers on a husband and father who is plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions and questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

The film premiered in Sundance, and won the Critics’ Week and SACD awards in Cannes this year.

Take Shelter’ shows a powerful story with mesmerizing actors helmed fantastically by Jeff Nichols like no other movie I have seen this year,” said Ascot Elite topper Ralph Dietrich. The film “fits perfectly well into the palette of movies that are typical for Ascot Elite Filmverleih Deutschland. As we proved with our latest release of ‘Winter’s Bone’ in spring 2011, I’m convinced that there is indeed a market for movies of this high quality in Germany.”

Filmladen is releasing “Take Shelter” in neighboring Austria. Sony Classic Pictures is releasing the film in the U.S.

Ascot Elite Filmverleih upcoming releases include David Wnendt’s “Combat Girls,” about two young women involved in the German neo-Nazi scene, Werner Herzog’s “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” and John Michael McDonagh’s “The Guard.”

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