Leading Swiss independent film distributor Ascot Elite Entertainment has announced the acquisition of the rights to five new titles for its 2007/08 slate.

The five new titles acquired are:

Mike Newell's Gabriel Garcia Marquez adaptation Love In The Time Of Cholera, with John Leguizamo and Hector Elizondo, acquired from Summit;

Niki Caro's Elizabeth Knox adaptation The Vintner's Luck, with Jerome Menier and Keisha Castle-Hughes,from NZ Film;

Joe Carnahan's White Jazz, scripted by Ellroy James and starring George Clooney, from Mandate Pictures;


Ethan and Joel Coen's black comedy Burn After Reading, starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand, and Fernando Meirelles' Blindness, based on the bestseller by Jose Saramago with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo - both from Focus Features.

Ascot Elite has a full line-up at August's Locarno International Film Festival, presenting Mikael Hafstroem's 1408, Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror and Frank Oz's Death At A Funeral in the Piazza Grande open-air programme.

Meanwhile, Ascot Elite is making its first foray into theatrical distribution in Germany with the acquisition together with Majestic Filmverleih of Sarah Polley's debut Away From Her. Berlin-based Majestic plans to release the film in mid-November, with Ascot Elite Home Entertainment being responsible for the DVD distribution.