Ascot picks up German rights to 'Buried'

Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes' thriller in Sundance

COLOGNE, Germany -- Ascot Elite Entertainment Group has acquired all rights for German-speaking European to hot Sundance title "Buried" from Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes.

The thriller, starring Ryan Reynolds as a private contractor who is kidnapped in Iraq and buried alive, was the first breakout sales hit in Park City after Lionsgate snatched up North American rights to "Buried" in a deal this weekend.

Ascot COO Stephan Giger negotiated the German deal for "Buried" with Gregoire Melin of world sales outfit Kinology.