Cohen Media Group Acquires Bérénice Bejo-Starring French Heist Pic ‘The Last Diamond’

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 1:40pm PDT

The Last DiamondCohen Media Group has acquired North American distribution and English-language remake rights to Bérénice Bejo-starrer The Last Diamond. Written and directed by Eric Barbier (The Serpent, Toreros), the French suspense drama centers on paroled jewel thief … Read More »

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Col-Coa: Focus On Cédric Klapisch; Tributes To Patrice Chéreau, François Truffaut

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 5:32am PST

logo-home-2014The City Of Lights, City Of Angels French film festival will run in LA this year from April 21-28. The 18th festival has unveiled its Classics program and the Focus on a Filmmaker sidebar. Cédric Klapisch will be honored … Read More »

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Toronto: Cohen Media Group Acquires Fest Docu ‘The Last Of The Unjust’

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 10:18am PDT
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Cohen Media Group has acquired North American distribution on The Last Of The Unjust, the documentary that’s playing Toronto and will follow with a New York Film Festival berth. The film is directed by Shoah helmer Claude Lanzmann and will be released theatrically next year after a qualifying run for the Oscars. The film reveals a little-known yet fundamental aspect of the Holocaust, and sheds light on the origins of the “Final Solution.” Lanzmann tells the story of the Theresienstadt concentration camp (located in what is now the Czech Republic), where tens of thousands died and many more were held before being sent to their deaths at Treblinka, Auschwitz and other camps.

The central figure in the film is Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Theresienstadt Jewish Council, a fallen hero condemned to exile. He was forced to negotiate day after day from 1938 until the end of the war with Nazi official Adolf Eichmann, who considered Theresienstadt a “model” camp. The director got the idea after interviewing Lanzmann for the 1985 pic Shoah, but didn’t have room for it in that movie. Here, Murmelstein explains his actions and defines his paradoxical role in history. Read More »

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Toronto: Cohen Media Group Acquires ‘My Old Lady’, Kristin Scott Thomas Joins Cast

My Old Lady has a new distributor, a new backer and a new cast member. NYC-based Cohen Media Group has picked up all U.S. and Canadian rights to the comedy-drama directed and adapted by Israel Horovitz from … Read More »

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Cohen Media Group Acquires ‘Chinese Puzzle’ With Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly

The gang from L’Auberge Espagnole and Russian Dolls is getting back together for director Cédric Klapisch‘s third film in the series, Chinese Puzzle. New York-based Cohen Media Group has acquired all U.S. rights to the … Read More »

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Cohen Media Group Acquires Fashion Mag Docu ‘Mademoiselle C’

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 1:17pm PDT

New York (April 30, 2013) – Cohen Media Group has acquired all U.S. release rights to MADEMOISELLE C., it was announced today by Chairman/CEO Charles S. Cohen. The film about former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief and French fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld, will be released theatrically in major U.S. markets in the Spring of 2014. Carine Roitfeld is the most renowned French fashion editor on the planet along with her opposite number at American Vogue, Anna Wintour. During her 10 years as editor-in-chief at Vogue Paris she was noted for her successes and scandals (“porno chic” was her creation). Last year, Roitfeld left Vogue Paris with the greatest challenge to date, create a new fashion magazine: CR. Having been granted unprecedented access, this documentary follows the making of a magazine from the first editorial meeting through to the extravagant launch party in New York.

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Cohen Media Group Acquires Drake Doremus’ Sundance Pic ‘Breathe In’

Mike Fleming

Cohen Media Group acquired U.S. distribution rights to Breathe In, the Drake Doremus-scripted and -directed drama that stars Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones and Amy Ryan. The film was one of a couple Sundance pics about a teacher who enters into an illicit relationship with a student. Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling of Super Crispy Entertainment produced, along with Steven Rales and Mark Roybal of Indian Paintbrush, which also financed the film. QED International remains on board handling international distribution. The film premiered to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. CMG is gearing up for a full theatrical release in fourth-quarter 2013. Read More »

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Berlin: Cohen Media Group Acquires Catherine Deneuve Pic ‘Elle S’En Va’ For U.S.

The competition titles here in Berlin have so far failed to make much noise, but things may be picking up. Yesterday, there were cheers for Sebastian Lelio’s Chilean film Gloria, and today comes word that Cohen Read More »

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Daniel Battsek Named President Of Cohen Media Group

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 9:51am PST

Daniel Battsek ran Miramax Films after Harvey and Bob Weinstein split from Disney and most recently was president of National Geographic Films until the LA office was shuttered in December 2011 and he went with it. Now he joins Cohen Media Group and will work with chairman and CEO Charles Cohen, whose company is behind Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves, Spain’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar hopeful. Here’s the release:

New York, NY (December 12, 2012) – Cohen Media Group’s Chairman/CEO Charles S. Cohen announced today that industry veteran Daniel Battsek is joining CMG as President. Mr. Battsek will work alongside Mr. Cohen and help to oversee acquisition, production and distribution of CMG titles, as well as the vast Cohen Film Collection of landmark movies (previously known as The Rohauer Library).

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Hot Trailer: ‘Blancanieves’ (Snow White)

By | Friday December 7, 2012 @ 6:00am PST

Spain’s entry in the Oscars’ Foreign-Language Film category is a re-imagined version of the Snow White fairy tale. Described as an homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of Europe’s silent cinema, Blancanieves stars Macarena García as Carmen and Maribdel Verdú as her stepmother Encarna. The movie directed by Pablo … Read More »

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Cohen Media Group Buys Ben MacIntyre’s WWII Spy Tale For Miniseries Treatment

By | Monday November 12, 2012 @ 4:01pm PST

Frozen River producer Charles S. Cohen has acquired rights to Ben MacIntyre‘s bestseller Double Cross: The True Story Of The D-Day Spies, with plans for his production-distribution company Cohen Media Group to turn it into an international miniseries for cable and broadcast. The final installment of MacIntyre’s World War II trilogy is based on the efforts of five Allied operatives who specialized in turning German spies into double agents. They greatly aided the success of the D-Day assault and eventual Allied victory. The first two books in the trilogy from MacIntyre, an editor at the Times Of London, were Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat; Crown published Double Cross in July. Stephen Dembitzer negotiated the rights deal on behalf of Cohen and CAA’s Robert Bookman on behalf of MacIntyre. Read More »

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Cohen Media Group Adds Liz Mackiewicz As SVP International Distribution

By | Wednesday November 7, 2012 @ 1:13pm PST

Liz Mackiewicz will be responsible for marketing and licensing films in the Cohen Film Collection. She’ll report directly to Cohen Media Group Chairman/CEO Charles S. Cohen. “The revival of interest in classic films and the implementation of … Read More »

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Cohen Media Group Acquires Spanish Silent Film ‘Blancanieves’ For The U.S.

By | Friday October 12, 2012 @ 8:07am PDT

Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves is Spain’s foreign-language Oscar entry, making it two consecutive years in which the Academy may have a chance to honor a silent black-and-white film. The Arcadia Pictures production is a re-telling of Snow White that’s … Read More »

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Cohen Media Group Acquires Political Suspense Thriller ‘Capital’

By | Tuesday September 4, 2012 @ 5:40pm PDT

NEW YORK, September 4, 2012 – Cohen Media Group has acquired the political suspense thriller, CAPITAL, for U.S. distribution.

The deal, negotiated by Charles S. Cohen, Chairman/CEO of Cohen Media Group and Adeline Fontan Tessaur co/director of Elle Driver, was confirmed today by Mr. Cohen. “We are thrilled to distribute the internationally renowned director Costa Gavras’ compelling, new financial thriller.”

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Cohen Media Group, Focus World Take On Toronto Drama ‘The Attack’

By | Monday August 27, 2012 @ 7:01am PDT

West Beirut and Lila Says director Ziad Doueiri’s The Attack will have its world premiere in Toronto next month. Cohen Media Group and Focus Features’ alternative distribution arm, Focus World, will jointly handle the film’s North American release in 2013. … Read More »

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Cohen Media Group Takes French Title ‘The Other Son’ For The U.S.: Berlin

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 3:35am PST

After recently acquiring Berlin Film Festival opener Farewell, My Queen, indie distributor Cohen Media Group has picked up The Other Son (Le Fils De L’Autre) for the US. The EFM title is being handled by Paris-based Cité Films. Directed … Read More »

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Cohen Media Group Acquires Berlin Fest Opener ‘Farewell, My Queen’ For U.S.

By | Wednesday February 8, 2012 @ 3:01pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Independent distribution outfit Cohen Media Group has acquired Berlin Film Festival opener Farewell, My Queen, for U.S. distribution. The Benoît Jacquot period drama stars Diane Kruger, Léa Seydoux and Virginie Ledoyen and premieres tonight (Thursday) in competition. Story is adapted from the Chantal Thomas novel and set during the first 3 days of the French Revolution as seen from the perspective of Marie Antoinette’s private reader at Versailles. The deal was negotiated by Cohen exec VP Gary Rubin and Adeline Fontan Tessaur of Elle Driver which is handling international sales. This is a particularly poignant Berlinale for the Elle Driver crew which first came to the festival in 2008 and is celebrating its 5th time out with the opening night film. Read More »

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Cohen Media Group Hires Mike Rudnitsky: Sundance

By | Wednesday January 25, 2012 @ 7:10am PST
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Cohen Media Group, the independent distribution company which at Toronto acquired the Luc Besson-directed The Lady, has hired Mike Rudnitsky to run its distribution arm and advise in acquisitions and marketing. Charles S. Cohen made the announcement this morning. Rudnitsky … Read More »

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Toronto: Distribution Deal For Luc Besson’s ‘The Lady’ Puts Michelle Yeoh And David Thewlis In Oscar Race

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The Oscar race just got a little more interesting. EuropaCorp has made a U.S. distribution deal with Cohen Media Group for the Luc Besson-directed The Lady, the story of Burmese pro-democracy activist and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi. Upstart Cohen Media Group plans to release the film for an Oscar-qualifying platform release late this year to capitalize on strong performances by Michelle Yeoh, who plays Suu Kyi, and David Thewlis, who plays her Oxford professor husband Michael Aris. The film will get a wider release in early 2012. Suu Kyi has spent most of the last 20 years under house arrest by the repressive Burmese military-controlled government. Leaders cruelly barred her husband and two sons from visiting her, thinking that it would drive her to leave. Because she knew that once gone she would never be permitted re-entry, Suu Kyi sacrificed everything to stay and become an iconic symbol of democracy and human rights. Her husband and sons bolstered her spirit and campaigned for the Nobel Peace Prize, which she was awarded in 1991. The distribution deals came quickly after the film premiered Monday evening at Roy Thomson Hall, where Besson, Yeoh and Thewlis received a rousing standing ovation. The deal was brokered by EuropaCorp Group CEO Christophe Lambert and Cohen Media Group CEO Charles S. Cohen.

The Lady becomes the second Toronto title to become an instant entry into upcoming awards season, after Fox Searchlight acquired the NC-17 Steve McQueen-directed Shame with plans to campaign for Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.

After establishing himself as France’s answer to Steven Spielberg directing hits like La Femme Nikita and The Professional and co-writing and producing action films like Taken, Besson has become very selective in the projects he directs. While he has always had a soft spot for strong female protagonists, it has always been in action settings. The Lady is a decided departure and certainly his most personal film to date. Besson made it to refocus the world’s attention on an activist whose continuing plight gets easily forgotten in a turbulent world, even though she won that Nobel Peace Prize and U2′s Bono and The Edge wrote the song Walk On about her sacrifice (which got U2′s album banned in Burma). Read More »

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