BERLIN — Swiss-German distrib Ascot Elite acquired a slew of international titles at last month’s European Film Market, including John Michael McDonagh’s Irish crime caper “The Guard,” starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, which it is releasing in Germany.
Ascot also obtained all German-speaking rights for Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” which offers a rare look at the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their natural setting.
In addition, Ascot won a bidding war for “Lord of the Dance,” Michael Flatley’s 3D film that captures the hugely popular dance show that was seen by more than three million people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The distrib’s other high-profile acquisitions include Aramid’s “The Other Woman,” by Don Roos and starring Natalie Portman, and Entertainment One’s upcoming “Song for Marion,” a London-set comedy drama about a grumpy 72 year old who gets more than he bargains for when he joins an unconventional choir. (The script for “Song for Marion” was included the 2010 Brit List for best unproduced screenplays.)
Meanwhile, Tiberius Film exhibited an appetite for action. The Munich-based distrib picked up Lawrence Silverstein’s high-octane thriller “Freerunner,” starring Sean Faris (“Vampire Diaries”) and Mariah Bonner (“The Social Network”). Pic follows a young freerunner with a ticking time bomb locked to his neck who has to race across town, and against the clock, in order to save himself and his girlfriend.
Tiberius also nabbed Antonio Hernandez’s medieval romp “Captain Thunder” and George Gallo’s drama “Local Color,” starring Armin Mueller-Stahl and Trevor Morgan.