Toronto: Cohen Media Picks Up 'The Last of the Unjust'
Cohen Media Group has picked up the distribution rights to The Last of the Unjust, a documentary feature from Claude Lanzmann, the director of the 1985 nine-and-a-half-hour documentary Shoah.
The film, which is currently showing at TIFF, tackles the Holocaust, this time focusing on Theresienstadt concentration camp (located in what is now the Czech Republic), where tens of thousands died and many more were held before being sent to their deaths at Treblinka, Auschwitz, and other camps. The film revolves around Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Theresienstadt Jewish Council.
Lanzmann originally intended to include Murmelstein’s story in Shoah.
Cohen is planning a theatrical release in 2013 to qualify for best documentary feature for the Academy Award. A traditional theatrical release will follow in 2014.
The deal was negotiated by Cohen Media Group’s John Kochman and exec vp Gary Rubin, along with international sales company Le Pacte’s CEO Jean Labadie (who also co-produced the film) and head of international sales Camille Neel.