Ascot picks up 'Winter Bone' for Germany

Debra Granik's Sundance winner selling internationally

COLOGNE, Germany -- Swiss distributor Ascot Elite Entertainment has picked up all German-language rights for Debra Granik's Sundance winner "Winter's Bone" from sales group Fortissimo.

The grim backwoods thriller has grossed more than $2.5 million in domestic release for Roadside Attractions.

"Winter's Bone" won the Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award in Sundance and was a sleeper hit at the Berlin Film Festival, where it picked up the CICAE prize from the European art house cinema's association and an audience award from readers of Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

"Winter's Bone" has proved a strong international seller, going to Artificial Eye in the U.K., Pretty Pictures for France and NonStop Entertainment for the Baltics and most of Scandinavia.

Ascot plans to release "Winter's Bone" in the fall in Germany and Austria.

The Zurich-based distributor is slowly carving out a niche as a handler of harder edged indie titles. Ascot recently picked up another Sundance favorite, Rodrigo Cortes' horror thriller "Buried" and last year released Steve McQueen's award-winning drama "Hunger."