In one of the first big moves at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, Cohen Media Group has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Xavier Giannoli’s French period drama, “Marguerite.”
The film, sold by Memento Films International, makes its world premiere at Venice in competition. “Marguerite” is Giannoli’s sixth film, following “À l’origine” and “Superstar,” the latter of which also bowed at Venice in 2012.
Set in the Golden Twenties, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frot as the titular Marguerite Dumont. The character is loosely based on the socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, who aspired to greatness as an opera singer despite having a terrible voice. The film co-stars Andre Marcon, Denis Mpunga and Christa Theret.
“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,” said the distribution company’s founder Charles S. Cohen.
The international co-production between France, the Czech Republic and Belgium has already struck major territory pre-sales around the world. Cohen Media Group is planning a spring release for “Marguerite” in U.S. theaters.