Venice Film Festival: Cohen Media Group Acquires 'Marguerite'

Larry Horricks

Catherine Frot stars in the drama, from director Xavier Giannoli, as a passionate opera singer with a terrible voice.

The Cohen Media Group has picked up domestic rights to Marguerite, a drama from French director Xavier Giannoli that will premiere at this year's Venice Film Festival.

The period film stars Catherine Frot (The Page Turner) as Marguerite Dumont, an aspiring opera singer who has one major obstacle to success: she's got a horrible voice. Frot's character is loosely based on 1920s socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, the subject of an upcoming biopic starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant and directed by Stephen Frears.

The deal was was negotiated by Cohen Media Group senior vp John Kochman and Tanja Meissner, head of international sales and acquisitions at Memento Films International, which is handling world sales for the title.

Marguerite, which has already done strong international pre-sales, will roll out in major markets next spring.

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