Berlin: Cohen Media Group Takes 'Diary of a Chambermaid' for North America

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Lea Seydoux

Benoit Jacquot's period drama, starring Lea Seydoux, is part of the Berlinale competition lineup.

Cohen Media Group has acquired North American rights to Diary of a Chambermaid, Benoit Jacquot's period drama, starring Lea Seydoux, from Elle Driver.

The film, which premiered in competition in Berlin last week, is the latest adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's novel from 1900 about the relationship between a simple chambermaid and the lecherous master of the house. The book has previously been adapted by Jean Renoir (1946) and Luis Bunuel (1964).

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The deal for Chambermaid was negotiated by CMG senior vp John Kochman and Elle Driver co-founder Adeline Fontan Tessaur.

The movie is from JPG Films, a Makever production company. Created in 2012, Makever groups together seven independent French producers. It produces TV series as well as TV and theatrical movies.

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