In the first U.S. acquisition of the Venice Film Festival, Cohen Media Group has picked up competition title Marguerite. Helmed by Xavier Giannoli, the French language pic stars Catherine Frot. She plays the titular character who’s loosely based on Florence Foster Jenkins, a 1920s socialite who wanted to be an opera singer despite a distinct lack of vocal talent. It’s a popular subject right now – Stephen Frears is currently in production on Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant for Pathe.
Giannoli has previously been to Cannes twice, with 2006’s The Singer and 2009’s In The Beginning. This is a return to Venice for the director after 2012’s Superstar.
Andre Marcon, Denis Mpunga, Christa Theret are also in the Marguerite cast. Cohen is planning a spring 2016 release. Paris-based Memento has international sales.