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Venice: Cohen Media Group Takes U.S. on Competition Player ‘Marguerite’

CMG plans a spring theatrical release

Cohen Media group has acquired all U.S. domestic rights to Xavier Giannoli’s Venice competition player “Marguerite,” which is being sold by Memento Films Intl.

A French period drama, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frot (“Haute Cuisine,” “Chaos,” “Un air de famille,” “The Page Turner”) as Marguerite Dumont, a character loosely inspired by 1920s socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, a wannabe opera singer who believed she had a beautiful soprano voice. The world begged to differ from that opinion.

Andre Marcon (“Rapt,” “The Page Turner”), Denis Mpunga (“Dead Man Talking”) and Christa Theret (“LOL,” “Renoir “) co-star.

“Marguerite” world premieres at Venice, having struck major territory pre-sales across the world. Cohen Media Group plans a major market theatrical release in the spring. Cohen Media Group senior vice president John Kochman and Tanja Meissner, head of international sales and acquisitions at Paris-based MFI, negotiated the distribution agreement.

Giannoli’s sixth film, “Marguerite” follows on his “Superstar,” which played Venice competition in 2012. His “The Singer” (2006) and “In the Beginning” (2009) screened in competition at the Cannes Festival.

“ ‘Marguerite is a poignant, crowd-pleasing triumph that viewers everywhere will take to their hearts,” CMG’s John Kochman said.

Charles S. Cohen added: “This story about the drive to succeed against all obstacles will strike a chord with audiences. It’s a great showcase for the remarkable Catherine Frot.”

The “Marguerite” deal continues Cohen Media Group’s love affair with French cinema and Gallic Venice competition players. Last year CMG acquired U.S. rights to Benoit Jacquot’s Venice player “Three Hearts,” starring Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Benoit Poelvoorde.

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