Cohen Media Group has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Francois Ozon thriller “In the House.” Discussions with the French filmmaker’s Wild Bunch sales reps begun weeks ago were finalized this week in Cannes, though the film is not yet finished.
Kristin Scott Thomas (“Bel Ami”), Emmanuelle Seigner (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), Denis Menochet (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Fabrice Luchini (“Potiche”) star. Ozon based his screenplay on Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga’s “The Boy in the Last Row,” which was performed earlier this year at the Bucharest National Theatre. The play’s storyline follows a high school teacher who becomes entangled with a student’s invasion of a classmate’s privacy sparked by an essay assignment.
Mandarin Films’ Eric Altmeyer and Nicolas Altmeyer (“Potiche”) produced the film project with Claudie Ossard (“Amelie”).
CMG exec VP Gary Rubin negotiated the deal with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch, which is repping international sales for the film at the Cannes market.
Though CMG has not yet scheduled a Stateside release date for “In the House,” Mars Distribution has an October opening slated for French theaters.
New York-cased CMG has the Sylvie Verheyde drama “Confession of a Child of the Century,” starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lily Cole and Pete Doherty, playing at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard program.
The company most recently released “Delicacy” and “The Lady,” as well as Rachid Bouchareb’s “Outside the Law,” which played in competition at Cannes in 2010 and earned an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film. CMG is producing Bouchareb’s follow-up, “Just Like a Woman,” and an adaptation of the World War II story “Operation Mincemeat.” Its next release is the Benoit Jacquot historical drama “Farewell, My Queen,” starring Lea Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen and Cannes 2012 jury member Diane Kruger.