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Tarantino Cameraman-Turned-Director Doueiri Talks Torn East/West Identity, Why 'The Attack' Is Banned in Lebanon

Lebanese-American filmmaker Ziad Doueiri captures, in his Mideast terrorist drama "The Attack," what it means to be the man in the middle. The film is opening June 21 stateside after playing the festival circuit. But it is banned in Lebanon, because Doueiri shot the film in Tel Aviv, breaking the Lebanese law forbidding a citizen to go to Israel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2013 9:40 AM
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Review: Budding and Seasoned Voyeurs Collaborate with Mixed Results in Francois Ozon's 'In the House'

Francois Ozon's psychological mystery “In the House,” which is adapted from the play by Juan Mayorga, works as an interesting companion piece to Ozon’s 2003 film “Swimming Pool.” Both center on a middle-aged literary curmudgeon who develops a fantastic fixation on a young, enticing and distinctly threatening protégée, while blurring the lines between reality and lurid imagination. What events actually happen, and what events get cooked up along the way by a smart, jaded mind all too willing to introduce a little excitement to the story?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 19, 2013 1:19 PM
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Exclusive Clip: Francois Ozon's Mystery 'In the House' Looks at a Budding Voyeur

Check out this exclusive clip from Francois Ozon's psychological mystery "In the House," starring Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ernst Umhauer. The film, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, centers on the increasingly dicey relationship between a high school lit teacher and his more than apt pupil, who spies on his best friend's parents as fodder for extracurricular essays.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2013 1:05 PM
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Daniel Battsek Lands at Cohen Media Group

Brit film executive Daniel Battsek, who ran Miramax Films after the Weinsteins left Disney, has landed at Cohen Media Group as president. Battsek was president at National Geographic Films until it shut down in December 2011. He will work closely with Cohen Media Group chairman and CEO Charles Cohen on the acquisition, production and distribution of CMG titles, as well the Cohen Film Collection, which includes The Rohauer Library.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2012 1:43 PM
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Cohen Media Group Acquires U.S. Rights for Spanish Oscar Entry 'Blancanieves'

Cohen Media Group has picked up Pablo Berger's Snow White-turned-1920s matador tale "Blancanieves" for distribution. The film is Spain's official entry for the 2013 Oscars.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 12, 2012 1:13 PM
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TIFF Watch: Cohen Media and Focus World Pick Up Doueiri's 'The Attack'

Cohen Media Group and Focus World are joining forces for the North American 2013 release of Ziad Doueiri's "The Attack," a drama-thriller following an Arab surgeon who uncovers a shocking secret about his late wife, a victim of a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The film will be a special presentation at Toronto in September.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2012 3:41 PM
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