Toronto 2012: Cohen Media Snaps Up U.S. Rights to Finance Thriller 'Capital'

3:35 PM PST 09/05/2012 by Scott Roxborough
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Gabriel Byrne

The film, from director Costa-Gavras, stars Gabriel Byrne and Gad Elmaleh.

The Cohen Media Group has taken U.S. distribution rights to Capital, the politically tinged suspense thriller from Oscar-winning director Costa-Gavras, from French sales outfit Elle Driver.

The deal was negotiated by Cohen Media Chairman-CEO Charles S. Cohen, and Elle Driver co-director Adeline Fontan ahead of the Toronto Film Festival.

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The thriller, set in the world of international finance, stars Gabriel Byrne (Spider) and Gad Elmaleh (Midnight In Paris).

It is based on the 2004 best-selling novel Le Capital from French writer Stephane Osmont. Costa-Gavras co-wrote the script with screenwriter Jean Claude Grunberg.

Capital is Costa-Gavras' 18th film and, like his best-know work including Missing, Z or State of Siege, it is billed as a combining a taunt thriller plot with a scathing critique of modern-day capitalism. Capital is the lastest in a series of indie dramas set in the world of high finance, coming after JC Chandor's Oscar-nominated Margin Call (2011) with Kevin Spacey and Sundance feature Arbitrage starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.

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Cohen, an executive producer on two-time Academy Award nominiee Frozen River (2008), set up Cohen Media Group in 2008 as a production entity, expanding into theatrical distribution in 2010.

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