Cohen Media Group Acquires Cannes Opening Night Film ‘Standing Tall’
Cohen Media Group has acquired all U.S. rights to Cannes opener Standing Tall, written and directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. The film was only the second helmed by a woman to open the fest after Diane Kurys in 1987 with A Man In Love.
Cohen Media Group, which also acquired Turkish Directors’ Fortnight drama Mustang, is planning an early 2016 release for the film, a social justice drama. It follows a volatile and violent teen delinquent (Rod Paradot in a breakout turn) navigating the criminal justice system, aided by a child court judge (French icon Catherine Deneuve, who also starred in Bercot’s On My Way) and a youth counselor (Benoit Magimel).
The deal was negotiated by Cohen Media Group’s John Kochman and Elle Driver’s Adeline Fontan Tessaur.