Charles S. Cohen to Receive France's Order of Arts and Letters

Top Quote Chairman of Cohen Media Group to Be Honored on March 12 for His Work Distributing and Promoting French Cinema in the U.S. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 12, 2015 - Charles S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of New York-based Cohen Media Group, has been honored with the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) for his commitment and contributions to the French culture in the US. Mr. Cohen will be presented with the insignia of Chevalier dans l'ordre des arts et lettres at a ceremony at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York on March 12.

    The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. The Order of Arts and Letters is given out under the jurisdiction of the French Minister of Culture and Communication. American recipients of the award include Paul Auster, Ornette Coleman, Agnes Gund, Marilyn Horne, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Meier, Robert Paxton, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman.

    Charles S. Cohen, who last year was honored with the National Order of Merit by the French government, said: "French cinema has been a great joy and inspiration to me for many years, and I am proud to play some part in bringing the best French films to American audiences. I am honored to receive this recognition."

    The Cultural Services of the French Embassy provides a platform for the exchange and innovation between French and American artists, intellectuals, educators, students, the tech community and the general public. Based in New York City, Washington, D.C., and either other cities across the U.S., the Cultural Services develops the cultural economy by focusing on six principal fields of action: the arts, literature, cinema, the digital sphere, the French language and higher education.

    Today's largest distributor of French films in the United States, Cohen Media Group's current French slate incudes Academy Award nominated Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, Three Hearts, the latest romantic saga from director Benoit Jacquot, André Téchiné's In the Name of My Daughter, Francois Ozon's The New Girlfriend, and Benoit Jacquot's highly anticipated adaptation of Diary of a Chambermaid.

    About Cohen Media Group
    Formed in 2008 by Charles S. Cohen, an executive producer of multiple Academy Award nominee Frozen River, the COHEN MEDIA GROUP, LLC (CMG) is today the largest American distributor of French films in the United States. Past CMG releases include Benoît Jacquot's Farewell, My Queen, Francois Ozon's In The House, Lorraine Lévy's The Other Son, Gilles Legrand's You Will Be My Son and from Claude Lanzmann, the director of Shoah, The Last of the Unjust. CMG's Cohen Film Collection includes some 700 cinema landmarks, including films by D.W. Griffith, Buster Keaton and Douglas Fairbanks, as well as more than 30 French classics from renowned directors such as Luis Bunuel, Claude Chabrol, André Téchiné, Maurice Pialat, Patrice Chereau, René Clair and René Clément. Cohen Media Group is bringing many of these films to U.S. audiences for the first time in fully restored versions. Mr. Cohen is also presently serving as Producer of the DreamWorks Studios remake of the French thriller The Prey. For more information visit:

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