NEW VIDEO AND COHEN MEDIA GROUP RELEASE “MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE,” STARRING GÉRARD DEPARDIEU, JUNE 19 ON BLU-RAY, DVD and DIGITAL
“As soft and light as a summer breeze…This little gem is all about the nature of chance encounters and how they can change us in unexpected ways.” – Los Angeles Times
“Excellent…a pleasure to watch.” – The New York Times
“Utterly charming and delightfully acted…a wonderful cinematic bouquet.” – Film Journal International
May 21, 2012 – New York, New York – In a small French town, Germain, a nearly illiterate man in his 50s and considered to be the village idiot by his friends at the local bistro, takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Margueritte, a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She’s articulate, highly intelligent and frail. Between Germain and Margueritte, there are 40 years and 200 pounds difference. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey – to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Margueritte.
French cinema legend Gérard Depardieu (The Last Metro, Cyrano de Bergerac) and 97-year-old actress Gisèle Casadesus (Sarah’s Key) star in MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE, an intimate story of life’s random encounters, directed by Jean Becker (One Deadly Summer). Germain (Depardieu) is lured by Margueritte’s (Casadesus) passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always felt excluded. As Margueritte broadens his mind via reading excerpts from her novel, Germain realizes that he is more of an intellectual than he has ever allowed himself to be.
Despite both actors’ prolific resumés, this is the first time they have shared the screen. “I loved her femininity,” said Depardieu about working with Casadesus. “I see the result of a good life and a particular kind of love, a hope or belief.” “Everything was very natural between us,” adds Casadesus about her co-star. “He is always pitch-perfect. You feel carried by him.” Becker has directed both actors in previous films: Depardieu in Elisa (1995) and Casadesus in The Children of the Marshland (1998).
MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE debuts for the first time on Blu-ray, DVD and standard digital platforms on June 19, following a U.S. theatrical release from Cohen Media Group. Written by Jean Becker and Jean-Loup Dabadie, based on the book by Marie-Sabine Roger; Arthur Cloquet A.F.C., cinematography; Jaques Witta, editing; Louis Becker, producer. DVD bonus material includes a “making of” featurette.
MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE
Pricing: $29.95 DVD/$34.95 BD
Runtime: 83 mins. + extras
DVD Catalog #: NNVG272520
BD Catalog #: NNVG272530
Language: French, with English subtitles
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo
Genre: Foreign, Drama
About Cohen Media Group
Formed in 2008 by Charles S. Cohen, an executive producer of “Frozen River” which garnered two Academy Award nominations, the COHEN MEDIA GROUP, LLC (CMG) is a theatrical film production company that has been steadily developing into a dynamic, positive force within the film industry. By 2010, with the addition of Steve Scheffer and Edmondo Schwartz to its team, CMG established a formidable distribution division. Current CMG releases include: Luc Besson’s English Language bio-pic, “The Lady,” starring Michelle Yeoh as pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi and David Thewlis as her husband Michael Aris, David Foenkinos’ French language romance, and “Delicacy,” starring Audrey Tautou,. Upcoming 2012 releases include director Benoit Jacquot’s French language historical drama “Farewell, My Queen,” starring Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette, Emmanuele Crialese’s Italian language film, “Terraferma,” director Nick Murphy’s British horror thriller, “The Awakening,” starring Rebecca Hall, Domenic West and Imelda Staunton, and Lorraine Levy’s dramatic feature “The Other Son,” starring Emmanuelle Devos and Pascal Elbe. With a strong dedication to quality movies and a highly motivated and talented support team of professionals, CMG looks forward to a long future as part of the film industry’s distinguished horizon.
About New Video
New Video, a Cinedigm company, is a leading entertainment distributor and the largest aggregator of independent digital content worldwide. Headquartered in New York City, with an international presence in 45 territories, the company delivers feature films, TV programs and web originals via digital download, streaming, video-on-demand, Blu-ray, DVD, and theatrical release. In 2011, New Video bowed Oscar®-nominated Hell and Back Again and South American blockbuster Elite Squad: The Enemy Within in U.S. theaters. The company’s library includes original TV series and movies from A+E® Home Entertainment, HISTORY™, and Lifetime®, unforgettable games and trophy sets from Major League Baseball®, storybook treasures from Scholastic®, award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen indies from Flatiron Film Company®, and acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film. New Video is proud to distribute many Oscar®-nominated films including GasLand, Waste Land, The Secret of Kells and Chico & Rita. Cinedigm recently acquired New Video to form a full service, end-to-end digital studio that acquires content for theatrical distribution and across digital, mobile and home media platforms. New titles poised for release include The Invisible War, Citadel, In Our Nature and 22 Bullets.
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