Image of Sting Steps Out to Support Matteo Garrone’s ‘Io Capitano,’ Which Isabella Rossellini Says Her Father ‘Would Have Loved’ (EXCLUSIVE) article

Sting, Isabella Rossellini, and U.S. director Roger Ross Williams (“The Apollo,” “Stamped from the Beginning”) came out to support the recent New York launch of Matteo Garrone’s Venice prizewinning immigration epic “Io Capitano” at the Museum of Modern Art. The movie – which is Italy’s now shortlisted Oscar candidate for best international feature film – narrates the Homeric journey of two two Senegalese teenagers, Seydou and Moussa, who decide to leave Dakar to reach Europe in pursuit of a better life. It realistically depicts their plight through the pitfalls of the desert, the horrors of detention centers in Libya and the dangers of the sea.

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Image of Matteo Garrone’s ‘Io Capitano,’ Italy’s Oscar Candidate, Acquired for North America by Cohen Media (EXCLUSIVE) article

Cohen Media Group has bought all North American rights to “Io Capitano,” a lushly-lensed, stirring immigration drama by “Gomorrah” director Matteo Garrone. Sold worldwide by Pathé Films, the critically acclaimed movie is Italy’s official Oscar entry and is slated to be released theatrically in early 2024. With Cohen Media Group as its North American distributor, “Io Capitano” has strengthened its position in the awards season. The movie world premiered to stellar reviews in September at Venice Film Festival, where it was greeted with a 13-minute standing ovation and won the Silver Lion for Garrone and best emerging actor for Seydou Sarr.

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Image of Bernard-Henri Levy’s Ukraine Doc ‘Glory to the Heroes’ Gets Release Date (Exclusive) article

Cohen Media Group has set a December theatrical release for Bernard-Henri Levy’s Glory to the Heroes, the French philosopher and filmmaker’s third documentary in a series from the frontlines of Russia’s war against Ukraine. The film, co-directed by Marc Roussel, will open Dec. 8 in New York City, followed two days later with a Los Angeles opening and then Dec. 11 in Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle, before a Washington D.C. rollout on Dec. 12. Levy will attend screenings of the film in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

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Image of Cohen Media Group Dates Christian Carion’s ‘Driving Madeleine’ For Winter 2024 article

EXCLUSIVE: Cohen Media Group will be releasing Driving Madeleine, the next movie from Oscar-nominated director Christian Carion’s (Joyeux Noel), on Jan. 12, 2024 in limited release. Written and directed by Carion, and starring Line Renaud (Dirty Money, Cop or Hood) and Dany Boon (Nothing to Declare, Family is Family, Murder Mystery), Driving Madeleine follows the unlikely friendship of a struggling taxi driver and an elderly passenger on a heartfelt journey through Paris. A seemingly simple taxi ride evolves into a profound meditation on the realities of the driver, whose personal life is in shambles, and his fare, an elderly woman whose warmth belies her shocking past.

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Image of Meet the Man Behind Bertolucci and Cronenberg in Mark Cousins’ ‘The Storms of Jeremy Thomas’ — Watch the Trailer article

From the NC-17 ménage à trois of Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers” to James Spader having intercourse with Rosanna Arquette’s leg wound in David Cronenberg’s “Crash,” producer Jeremy Thomas loves a controversy onscreen. Cinema raconteur Mark Cousins (the ASMR-inducing voice and mind behind collage documentaries “My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock,” “The Story of Film,” “The Eyes of Orson Welles,” and more) pays homage to the Oscar-winning producer in his 2021 Cannes Classics selection, “The Storms of Jeremy Thomas.” The film follows Cousins on Thomas’ annual pilgrimage to the Cannes Film Festival — literally, the producer drove for decades from England to the fest — and a five-day road movie through France. Together, they remember Thomas’ most acclaimed and provocative films as a producer, from his Oscar-winning “The Last Emperor” to “Crash” and its scandalous opening at the festival in 1996, Nicolas Roeg’s “Bad Timing,” Jerzy Skolimowski’s “EO,” plus Cronenberg’s “Naked Lunch,” Jonathan Glazer’s “Sexy Beast,” and Terry Gilliam’s reviled child abuse fairy tale, “Tideland.”

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Image of ‘Between Two Worlds’ Trailer: Juliette Binoche Plays an Investigative Journalist in French Drama, Releasing in U.S. Next Month (EXCLUSIVE) article

Cohen Media Group has unveiled the trailer for “Between Two Worlds,” a drama directed by famed French novelist and filmmaker Emmanuel Carrère, starring Oscar-winning actor Juliette Binoche. The film, which had its world premiere on opening night of Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2021, will premiere in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 11 followed by a national roll-out.

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Image of Juliette Binoche Retrospective Set for NYC’s Quad Cinema: ‘Caché,’ ‘Three Colors: Blue,’ ‘Damage’ Among Lineup article

From the films of Krzysztof Kieślowski to Claire Denis, Oscar winner Juliette Binoche has starred in many of your favorite European arthouse classics, and she’s probably the reason we return to them again and again. This summer, New Yorkers — or any ambitious traveling cinephiles — will have the chance to see many of her all-time greatest performances on 35mm thanks to a new retrospective set for the Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village. IndieWire exclusively announces “Beautiful Binoche,” which will take place August 4–10 at New York City’s longest-running, four-screen multiplex. In addition to some of the great Binoche titles from the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, the Quad Cinema will also present Binoche’s latest film, “Between Two Worlds,” opening from Cohen Media Group on August 11.

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Image of Cohen Media Buys Marco Bellocchio’s Cannes Competition Film ‘Kidnapped’ for North America (EXCLUSIVE) article

Cohen Media Group has scooped rights to “Kidnapped,” the latest movie by revered Italian master Marco Bellocchio, which world premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The drama reconstructs the true tale of Edgardo Mortara, a young Jewish boy who was kidnapped and forcibly raised as a Christian in 19th-century Italy. Described by Variety as a “handsomely mounted period drama,” “Kidnapped” opens in 1858, in the Jewish quarter of Bologna, where the Pope’s soldiers burst into the home of the Mortara family. By order of the cardinal, they have come to take Edgardo, their seven-year-old son. The child had been secretly baptized by his nurse as a baby, and the papal law is unquestionable: he must receive a Catholic education.

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Image of Cohen Media Group takes US rights to Cannes Premiere biopic ‘Bonnard, Pierre & Marthe’ (exclusive) article

Cohen Media Group has acquired US rights to Martin Provost’s art world romance Bonnard, Pierre & Marthe following the biopic’s bow in Cannes Premiere. Sold by Memento International, the love story between French “painter of happiness” Pierre Bonnard and his companion and muse Marthe has also drawn buyers worldwide. The film has also sold to Canada (Sphere), Latin America (California), Australia & New Zealand (Palace), Germany (Prokino), Italy (I Wonder), Spain (Vercine), Switzerland (Frenetic), Austria (Panda), Sweden (Njuta), Denmark (Filmbazar), Portugal (Lusomundo), Israel (New Cinema), Greece (Cinobo), Poland (Hagi), Czech Republic (Cinemart), Hungary (Vertigo), former Yougoslavia (MCF), Bulgaria (Beta), South Korea (AUD), Taiwan (Flash Forward) and to airlines (Skeye).

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Image of A Jewish Prisoner Pretends to Know Farsi for His Survival in Exclusive Trailer for Persian Lessons article

In BPM (Beats Per Minute), Robin Campillo found in Nahuel Pérez Biscayart a face and voice to communicate the by turns ecstatic and wrenching role of being an activist for ACT UP Paris during the early 1990s. Now, in House of Sand and Fog director Vadim Perelman’s latest, Persian Lessons, the Argentine actor, who exudes an unwavering and mournful certainty whenever he’s on screen, has found another project worthy of his talent. Persian Lessons concerns a young Belgian Jew named Gilles (Biscayart) who’s arrested in occupied France in 1942 by SS soldiers. On the way to a concentration camp in Germany, he avoids execution by swearing that he’s Persian. Subsequently, he’s tasked with teaching Farsi to the head of Camp Koch, Klaus Koch (Lars Eidinger), who dreams of opening a restaurant in Iran after the war. What results is an intense game for survival, as Gilles pretends to know Farsi, inventing words that he then teaches to Koch. And while fighting to maintain his secret, he also copes with the guilt of enjoying privileges that aren’t shared by his fellow prisoners.

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Image of A filmmaker risked sniper fire to capture the Ukraine war for a powerful documentary, and the new trailer just dropped article

Russia invaded Ukraine nearly 14 months ago, and the bloody conflict it ignited shows no signs of ending any time soon. Bernard-Henri Levy, a French filmmaker and public intellectual, spent much of last year documenting the horrors of the Ukraine war for an upcoming film, from the early days of Russia's invasion in late February to Ukraine's liberation of massive chunks of territory during the final weeks of the year that's now ground into a war of attrition on mostly static front lines. Levy, 74, filmed on battlefields across the country — from Kharkiv in the northeast, Kherson in the south, and the capital city Kyiv. He captured the struggle of Ukrainian civilians under relentless attacks, embedded with Ukrainian special forces units, and even witnessed fighting in the war-torn city of Bakhmut — which is the longest and deadliest battle of the war so far. Levy's documentary, "Slava Ukraini," (which translates to "Glory to Ukraine") will premiere in select theaters on May 3 and on digital platforms across the country on May 5. Insider obtained an exclusive copy of the film's newest trailer, which features scenes from aboard navy ships and interviews with soldiers.

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Image of Cohen Media Group Takes Ukraine Doc From Bernard-Henri Lévy for U.S. article

Cohen Media Group has picked up all U.S. rights to Slava Ukraini, a new documentary on the war in Ukraine by famed French philosopher, activist and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Lévy. Slava Ukraini will bow in select theaters on May 3 and go out nationwide on digital and VOD platforms May 5. Lévy will attend several screenings, including the May 3 premiere at the Quad Cinema in New York, a May 4 screening at the United Nations, and a May 6 screening at the Landmark Westwood in Los Angeles.

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Image of Cohen Media Group Drops Trailer for Francois Ozon’s Drama ‘Everything Went Fine’ (EXCLUSIVE) article

Cohen Media Group has dropped the trailer for Francois Ozon’s drama “Everything Went Fine” ahead of its theatrical release in New York on April 14 and Los Angeles on April 21, followed by a national expansion. “Everything Went Fine” is based on the autobiographical novel by author Emmanuèle Bernheim who previously collaborated on Ozon’s screenplays for “Under The Sand,” “Swimming Pool” and “Ricky.” The movie follows 85-year-old art collector André Bernheim (André Dussolier) who, after a debilitating stroke, demands that his daughter Emmanuèle (Sophie Marceau), help him end life on his own terms. Faced with a painful decision, Emmanuèle, with the grudging support of her younger sister Pascale (Géraldine Pailhas), begins sorting through the processes and bureaucratic hurdles necessary to fulfill her father’s final wish, as she is forced to reconcile her past with a complicated, stubborn, yet charismatic man.

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Image of Cohen Media Group acquires US rights to TIFF premiere ‘A Gaza Weekend’ (exclusive) article

Cohen Media Group has acquired US rights to British-Palestinian filmmaker Basil Khalil’s TIFF Discovery premiere A Gaza Weekend. Khalil’s made his feature directorial debut on the culture-clash comedy-drama about a couple stranded amid a deadly virus outbreak which has sealed off Israel and turned the Gaza Strip into the safest place in the region.

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Image of ‘Everything Went Fine’ Trailer: François Ozon Returns With A Hard-Hitting Family Drama article

Can life end on our own terms? A family’s journey through end-of-life care is explored in “Everything Went Fine.” The film sees a man ask for help ending his life after a devastating stroke, his appeal pushes a daughter to confront her complicated feelings as well as a bureaucratic nightmare. The project hails from celebrated filmmaker François Ozon; his recent works have become critically-acclaimed favorites, including “Peter von Kant.” “Everything Went Fine” is not the only Ozon project to hit theaters soon — the crime dramedy “Mon Crime” comes to French theaters on March 8.

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Image of Mark Cousins’ Alfred Hitchcock Documentary Gets North American Deal article

EXCLUSIVE: Cohen Media Group has acquired all North American distribution rights to filmmaker Mark Cousins’ Alfred Hitchcock doc My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock. The film premiered at Telluride and examines the Psycho and Vertigo director’s vast body of work, exploring his techniques, themes and obsessions. The plan is for a theatrical release later this year. Cousins, who utilizes actor and impressionist Alistair McGowan to portray Hitch in voiceover, connects the stylistic dots running through the director’s 50-plus films, from revered classics like North by Northwest, Psycho and Rear Window to less frequently discussed but intriguing works such as The Paradine Case, Sabotage and more, stretching all the way back to his silent films. 

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Image of THE BAND'S VISIT Director Eran Kolirin's New Film LET IT BE MORNING to Open In U.S. Theaters in February article

Cohen Media Group has announced the theatrical release date for internationally-acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin's award-winning new film "LET IT BE MORNING" which is scheduled to open in theaters beginning Feb 3rd in New York at the QUAD Cinema (34 West 13th Street) and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Royal (11523 Santa Monica Blvd.). The film will then expand into select major cities across the country on February 10th and nationwide on February 17th.

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Image of Cohen Media Group Sets U.S. Theatrical Release For Eran Kolirin’s ‘Let It Be Morning’ article

Cohen Media Group has set a February U.S. theatrical rollout for Eran Kolirin’s Let It Be Morning, which was Israel’s entry for the 94th Academy Awards. The picture will open on February 3 at the Quad Cinema in New York and at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles before expanding to select cities around the country on February 10 and nationwide on February 17. Let it Be Morning premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes in 2021 and went on to play myriad other festivals. It won nine Ophir Awards, Israel’s equivalent to the Oscars, including Best Film.

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Image of What’s in Our Queue? ‘Apples’ and More article

What’s in Our Queue? ‘Apples’ and More

By Jason M. Bailey December 1, 2022

I’m a senior staff editor on the Culture desk. I work primarily on breaking news, but I’m always happy to replace reality with the moral qualms of alternate universes. Here are five things I’ve been playing, reading, watching and listening to lately → Movie: ‘Apples’ If satire and absurdism are your love languages and you’re pining for Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Lobster”), you may enjoy “Apples,” by Christos Nikou, a fellow Greek filmmaker. Quietly released in the U.S. this summer, the tart movie traces one victim’s efforts to reintegrate into society during an amnesia pandemic.

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Image of Exclusive Poster & Clip for Fernando Trueba’s Memories of My Father Unpacks Colombian History article

Fernando Trueba, director of the Oscar-winning Belle Époque and, more recently, The Queen of Spain, The Artist and the Model, and Chico & Rita, is back this year with the U.S. release of Memories of My Father. Set for a release on November 16—alongside the Quad Cinema’s retrospective “The Ages of Trueba: From Opera Prima to Memories of My Father,” taking place Nov. 14-17—we’re pleased to exclusively debut a new poster and clip from the acclaimed drama.

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