Cohen acquires Bertrand Tavernier’s Cannes Classics player “Journey”

– Cohen Media Group has acquired North American rights to Bertrand Tavernier’s “Journey Through French Cinema”, which premieres in Cannes Classics. “Journey” is a feature documentary charting the history of French cinema from the 1930s to the early 1970s, Variety reports.

The documentary includes interviews and footage from Jean Renoir, Claude Sautet, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut and Jacques Becker.

” ‘Journey Through French Cinema’ is already an important, perennial classic, destined to become required and inspiring viewing for cinephiles around the world. We could not be more proud to bring Tavernier’s masterpiece to our audiences across North America,” said Charles S. Cohen, founder and president of CMG.

In the vein of Martin Scorsese ’s “Personal Journey Through American Movies,” Tavernier delivers a subjective and personal approach to French cinema; the doc also sheds light on the political and historical context of certain movies as well as shares anecdotes about some directors.

“I am very happy that ‘Journey’ travels to North American audiences. I’d like this film to be an act of gratitude to directors, writers, actors and musicians who emerged in my life,” said Tavernier, who is president of Lyon’s Lumiere Festival along with the Cannes fest’s artistic director Thierry Fremaux.

Deal was negotiated by CMG exec VP John Kochman and Cécile Gaget, Gaumont’s head of international production and distribution.

Cohen Media Group will release the doc in the U.S. and Canada later this year.