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Catherine Deneuve Pic ‘Three Hearts’ Gets U.S. Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

In one of the banner deals on a high-profile title at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Cohen Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to “Three Hearts” starring Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoit Poelvoorde.

Directed by Benoit Jacquot (“Farewell My Queen,” “Sade”), “Three Hearts” will play also as in a special presentation at the Toronto film fest.

Renewing CMG’s love affair with French cinema, “Three Hearts” is described by the New York distributor as “a modern twist on classic romantic melodramas, from ‘An Affair To Remember’ to ‘Before Sunrise.’”

Written by Jacquot and Julien Boivent, “3 Hearts” turns on Marc, a tax official who meets Sylvie in a provincial town after missing the last train back to Paris. They wander the streets until morning, talking about everything – except themselves. They arrange to meet again in Paris but misfortune befalls Marc and he fails to make the date. Looking for Sylvie, he meets Sophie, But what seems like a random meeting may be anything but.

Announcement was made Sunday evening by CMG chairman/CEO Charles S. Cohen. The distribution agreement was negotiated by CMG exec VP John Kochman, CMG exec VP Gary Rubin and Adeline Fontan Tessaur, co-founder and international sales director of Paris-based sales and acquisition shingle Elle Driver. The film is a Rectangle production.

CMG’s Kochman said: “This multilayered love story is destined to be another great film from one of Europe’s reigning masters.”

For Fontan Tessaur, “ ‘Three Hearts’ goes straight for the heart. We are happy that this film has found a home with Cohen Media Group.”

A passionate U.S. buyer of top-notch French cinema, CMG has a particular penchant for movies starring or featuring Catherine Deneuve and sold by Elle Driver. It bought Emmanuelle Bercot’s “On My Way” at the Berlin Festival last year and Andre Techine’s “In The Name of My Daughter” at this year’s Cannes.

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