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