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Cohen Media Group nabs Besson’s ‘The Lady’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 5:22 pm · September 14th, 2011

Everyone’s just been waiting to see who would pick up Luc besson’s “The Lady” out of Toronto, just for an excuse to go ahead and shuffle Michelle Yeoh over to the pile of likely Best Actress contenders. Yeoh stars in the film as Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi and David Thewlis has a meaty part as her husband. Well, Mike Fleming reports at Deadline that a deal has been struck:

The Oscar race just got a little more interesting. EuropaCorp has made a U.S. distribution deal with Cohen Media Group for the Luc Besson-directed The Lady…to release the film for an Oscar-qualifying platform release late this year.

Outside of “Frozen River” — which Cohen Media Group produced (though it was distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in the States) — this would be the first real brush with awards season for the company. So I’m not sure what kind of infrastructure is in place to really get the film out there (Newmarket had a tough time with very little money for Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” last year), but Yeoh and Thewlis are definitely on the radar now that a strategy is percolating. Cohen will also have “Chasing Madoff” in the documentary race this year, as well as the Emily Watson-starrer “Oranges & Sunshine.”

[Photo: Cohen Media Group]




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  • 1 9-14-2011 at 6:57 pm

    Speaking English said...

    That’s not Thewlis in the picture is it? Looks nothing like him.

  • 2 9-14-2011 at 7:27 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I’ve read wildly differing opinions on this – which normally is not a good thing. But with the right campaign, I could see a Yeoh nom happening. Is ‘The Lady’ an AMPAS type?

  • 3 9-14-2011 at 7:31 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    That’s him, English.

  • 4 9-14-2011 at 7:52 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Wow. Maybe it’s the angle? Make-up? Crazy.

  • 5 9-14-2011 at 8:41 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I actually think it looks like him. *shrug*

  • 6 9-14-2011 at 9:26 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I guess he’s just older. I’m still envisioning him in “Naked.”

  • 7 9-15-2011 at 4:47 am

    Graysmith said...

    I can’t imagine this going anywhere with such a small company backing it, unless the film goes over in a huge way. But considering none of the big sharks seemingly wanted to take it on, I can’t imagine it’s that good.

  • 8 9-15-2011 at 7:36 am

    kel said...

    no questions for Oscar Talk this week, Kris? Or will you be using questions you asked for last week?

  • 9 9-15-2011 at 7:46 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Ooh, thanks, kel.

  • 10 9-15-2011 at 12:05 pm

    Pablo (Col) said...

    I’m really rooting for her. I know it’s kind of a longshot just now but she has everything to make it into the final 5: historic character, very likable, represents great values,…

    Would be great :)

  • 11 9-15-2011 at 1:07 pm

    Jack said...

    Didn’t this bomb with the critics?

  • 12 1-23-2012 at 2:38 pm

    Khin Lay Nwe said...

    I missed the lady movie.When are they going to sell the video DVD?I really want to watch our Daw Aung San Suu Kyi life and also the actress Ms.Michelle Yeoh who is acting really really good as I just watched trailer on internet and thank you very much to Director Mr.Luc Basson and the company.