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Cannes – Cohen Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to Abderrahmane Sissako’s Cannes Competition entry “Timbuktu.”

Set in a village outside Timbuktu, after the jihadist occupation of northern Mali in 2012, “Timbuktu” turns of a Kidane, a goat and cattle herder and father of a family who accidently kills a man, and is subjected to punishment according to the fundamentalists’ interpretation of sharia law.

Playing early in competition, “Timbuktu” received mostly upbeat reviews, Variety, in one of the most positive, calling the film “a stunningly shot condemnation of intolerance and its annihilation of diversity, told in a way that clearly denounces without resorting to cardboard perpetrators.”

Timbuktu” is produced by Sylvie Pialat at Paris-based Les Films du Worso. Pialat, who is behind last year’s Alain Guiraudie’s Un Certain Regard winner “Stranger by the Lake,” won the 2014′s Toscan du Plantier award for France’s best producer.

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