Ascot Elite picks up 'Alice Creed'

Swiss rights group takes German-speaking rights

COLOGNE, Germany -- Swiss rights group Ascot Elite Entertainment has snatched German-speaking rights to J. Blakeson's kidnapping thriller "The Disappearance of Alice Creed," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month.

Blakeson's first feature, the story of a kidnapping that goes horribly wrong, stars Brits Gemma Arterton ("Quantum of Solace"), Eddie Marshall ("Hancock") and Martin Compston ("Red Road"). Ascot acquired the rights from Westend Films and plans to release the title as part of its "Best of British" slate.