TIFF ’13: Cohen Media snags “Last of the Unjust”

Cohen Media Group has acquired all North American distribution rights for The Last of the Unjust (pictured), the latest film from Shoah director Claude Lanzmann.
September 11, 2013

Cohen Media Group (CMG) has acquired all North American distribution rights for The Last of the Unjust (pictured), the latest film from Shoah director Claude Lanzmann.

Le dernier des injustes (The Last of the Unjust) focuses on Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Theresienstadt Jewish Council, who was forced to negotiate with Nazi commander Adolf Eichmann from 1938 until the end of the Second World War.

The 220-minute doc is currently playing at TIFF in Toronto, and screens later this year at the New York Film Festival and the Vienna International Film Festival. CMG will release the film theatrically in the U.S. later this year to qualify for consideration for the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, and a traditional theatrical release will follow in 2014.

In an interview with realscreen before TIFF, 87-year-old Lanzmann said that “the question of the Jewish Councils was a central one. It was in one way the acme – the summit – of the cruelty of Nazi perversity.”

The deal was negotiated by international sales company Le Pacte’s CEO Jean Labadie (who also coproduced the film) and head of international sales Camille Neel, along with CMG’s senior film acquisitions specialist John Kochman and exec VP Gary Rubin.

In a statement, Kochman said: “Shoah, Claude Lanzmann’s exploration of the Holocaust and its aftermath, is one of the cornerstones of the modern documentary, and we expect The Last of the Unjust to have an equally profound impact on viewers everywhere.”

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