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Ascot Takes 'The Hunter,' 'Starbuck' For German-Speaking Europe

The Hunter
Toronto Film Festival

'The Hunter' stars Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor; 'Starbuck' features French Canadian actor Patrick Huard.

COLOGNE, Germany – Swiss-based distributor Ascot Elite has taken rights for German-speaking Europe to Toronto Film Festival titles The Hunter and Starbuck from Entertainment One.

The Hunter, directed by Daniel Nettheim and starring Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, and Frances O’Connor, is a drama centered on a mercenary (Dafoe), hired by a biotech company to track down the last Tasmanian tiger. Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment have North American rights.

Starbuck is a French-Canadian comedy from director Ken Scott starring Patrick Huard as a 42-year-old adolescent who finds out his sperm donations to a fertility clinic have resulted in 533 children, 142 of which have sued to find out the identity of their biological father.

Ascot is planning to bow The Hunter and Starbuck in Europe in 2012 with premieres at a German film festival. Given The Hunter’s star cast, an out-of-competition bow at the Berlin Film Festival looks likely.