Gaumont has closed a deal at Cannes with Cohen Media Group for Bertrand Tavernier’s feature documentary Journey Through French Cinema. The pact covers English-speaking North American rights to the film, which provides a sweeping survey of the history of French film from the 1930s through the ’70s. It will hit U.S. and Canadian theaters later this year.
In the vein of Martin Scorsese ’s 1995 pic A Personal Journey Through American Movies, Tavernier’s film will take a sharp , subjective and personal approach to French cinema — to movies themselves, directors, composers, songwriters, dialogues and more. It will cover Jean Renoir to Claude Sautet, Henri Decoin to Jacques Becker and include François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle and many others. Gaumont said the Palme d’Or-winning director “will make us want to delve into the classics, rediscover the gems of French cinema and feast on its images.”
Tavernier is a four-time Palme d’Or nominee and Venice Career Golden Lion recipient whose films include A Sunday in the Country, Round Midnight, The Clockmaker, Coup de Torchon, Life and Nothing But and The Judge and the Assassin.
The deal was negotiated by CMG EVP John Kochman and Cécile Gaget, Gaumont’s Head of International Production & Distribution.