Cohen Media Group is proud to announce the release of THE NEW GIRLFRIEND, acclaimed French writer/director Francois Ozon’s gender-bending drama about desire, sexual identity and self-discovery.  Loosely adapted from a Ruth Rendell short story, and starring rising French star Anais Demoustier (Bird People, The French Minister) and Romain Duris (The Beat that My Heart Skipped, Mood Indigo) in a career-defining role, THE NEW GIRLFRIEND is scheduled to open in New York (Lincoln Plaza and Sunshine Cinemas) and Los Angeles on Friday, September 18 followed by a national roll-out.

Claire (Anais Demoustier) and Laura (Isild Le Besco) have been best friends since childhood. When Laura falls ill and dies, Claire reaches out to comfort her friend’s bereaved husband, David (Romain Duris), and makes a surprising discovery about him: David secretly enjoys dressing as a woman.  Ozon relates the story of Claire and David by bringing dashes of Douglas Sirk and George Cukor to a twenty-first-century narrative that elevates his exploration of femininity to a new level, blending his trademark sense of mischief with Hitchcockian suspense.

One of France’s best known and most versatile actors who excels in comedy as well as drama, Romain Duris has worked with many top French directors, from Jacques Audiard to Cédric Klapisch and Christophe Honoré, starring in films such as The Beat That My Heart Skipped, L’Auberge Espagnole, Heartbreaker, Paris, Chinese Puzzle and Mood Indigo. THE NEW GIRLFRIEND marks his first time working with Francois Ozon, one of French cinema’s most prolific writer-directors. Ozon has explored and subverted many genres in films including Water Drops on Burning Rocks, Criminal Lovers, Under the Sand, 8 Women, Swimming Pool, 5x2, Time To Leave, Hideaway, In the House and Young and Beautiful.  The New Girlfriend continues his exploration of cracking open the facade of the contemporary bourgeoisie.

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