Cohen Media Group has acquired all U.S. rights to Cannes opener Standing Tall, written and directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. The film was only the second helmed by a woman to open the fest after Diane Kurys in 1987 with A Man In Love.
Cohen Media Group, which also acquired Turkish Directors’ Fortnight drama Mustang, is planning an early 2016 release for the film, a social justice drama. It follows a volatile and violent teen delinquent (Rod Paradot in a breakout turn) navigating the criminal justice system, aided by a child court judge (French icon Catherine Deneuve, who also starred in Bercot’s On My Way) and a youth counselor (Benoit Magimel).
The deal was negotiated by Cohen Media Group’s John Kochman and Elle Driver’s Adeline Fontan Tessaur.