LOS ANGELES (AUGUST 26, 2015) – Cohen Media Group’s Cohen Film Collection is proud to bring 5 Classics by Maurice Pialat to Los Angeles and New York City audiences. The collection will play in New York from September 11 to September 17 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas (1886 Broadway, New York, New York 10023) and in Los Angeles from September 25 to October 1 at the Laemmle Royal Movie Theater (11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles, California 90025).  The retrospective will also play at The Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria) from October 17 to October 25 and TIFF Cinematheque (Toronto) from October 23 to December 5.  The iconoclastic French auteur, called “the French Cassavetes,” created films that were, in the words of Film Comment’s Kent Jones “all about the shock—startling, violent, eternally and teasingly promising—of being alive.”

This collection of masterworks includes 1987’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner, “Under the Sun of Satan,” with Gérard Depardieu and Sandrine Bonnaire, “Loulou,” a tale of tortured love with Isabelle Huppert and Depardieu, “Van Gogh,” a chronicle of the last days of the artist, family drama “The Mouth Agape,” with Nathalie Baye, and the slice-of-life film about teenagers in suburban France “Graduate First.”





Genre: Drama

Duration: 117 min


Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu, Guy Marchand,  Humbert Baln, Bernard Tronczyk, Christian Boucher, Frédérique Cerbonnet

Synopsis: One evening Nelly meets Loulou, a down-and-out young man. After her husband kicks her out, she goes off to live with Loulou. She is soon with child, but Loulou doesn't change his wayward life, spending time with his pals and pulling off small-time robberies. Deeply hurt by his attitude, Nelly decides not to keep the baby.


“A masterpiece of subtlety and eroticism. Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert just happen to be the sexiest couple in the history of the cinema. Don’t miss ‘LOULOU’.”

-Andrew Sarris, Village Voice



Genre: Drama

Duration: 158 min


Cast: Jacques Dutronc, Alexandra London, Gérard Séty, Bernard LeCoq, Corinne Bourdon, Elisa Zylberstein, Leslie Azzoulai

Synopsis: After leaving the asylum, Vincent Van Gogh settles in Auvers-sur-Oise, in the home of Doctor Gachet, an art lover and patron. Vincent keeps painting amidst the conflict with his brother, Theo, and the torments of his failing mental health. He has an affair with Marguerite, his host's daughter. However, she soon realizes that he doesn't love her and that his heart beats only for his art.


"VAN GOGH" is a good, quiet, rigorous film, made with intelligence and acted with earnest conviction.”

-New York Times



1991 - French Academy of Cinema / Best Actor



Genre: Drama/Family

Duration: 1h 22m


Cast: Nathalie Baye, Philippe Leotard

Synopsis: When cancer strikes the mother of the family in this French film, everyone in the family expresses a previously invisible caring and tolerance of the others. The father has always been a bit of a drunk, and is forever chasing younger women. Despite that, he and his wife care for each other, and he tends attentively to her in her last days while remaining unchanged in character. The son and daughter-in-law, whose marriage is somewhat sterile, have similarly penetrating interactions with the dying mother.



Genre: Dramatic comedy

Duration: 85 min


Cast: Sabine Haudepin, Philippe Marlaud, Annick Alane, Michel Caron

Synopsis: In a town in northern France, teenagers sitting for the baccalaureate await the fateful date with anxiety tempered with indifference. The past year has been the scene of their conflicts with adults and teachers alike who consider the exam as the highway to employment. The disillusioned teenagers see it more as the dead-end street to unemployment.



Genre: Drama

Duration: 100 min


Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat, Alain Artur, Yann Dedet

Synopsis: Donissan, a mediocre seminarian, haunted by Evil and the failure of his divine mission, mortifies his body and is unable to establish any rapport with his parishioners. Until the day the abbot meets young Mouchette, who has just committed a mortal sin. Based on Georges Bernanos's novel.


“The performances, and the stark visual beauty yield profound pleasures.”




1987 – Best Film Award at Palme d'Or Cannes Festival