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3rd Update, 2:45 Pm (Pt): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the Ya hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson’s Lucy, Universal’s Dracula Untold, Fox’s sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M on 2,800 plays, and also its buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. In addition, Warner Bros.’ just reported for its horror film Annabelle and the courtroom drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall The Judge, and lest we forget Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which debuted strong in the UK this weekend) and Hercules which are still playing in 17 markets. Final tallies for stateside newcomers Fox »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Marie Dubois, actress in French New Wave films, dead at 77 (image: Marie Dubois in the mammoth blockbuster 'La Grande Vadrouille') Actress Marie Dubois, a popular French New Wave personality of the '60s and the leading lady in one of France's biggest box-office hits in history, died Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at a nursing home in Lescar, a suburb of the southwestern French town of Pau, not far from the Spanish border. Dubois, who had been living in the Pau area since 2010, was 77. For decades she had been battling multiple sclerosis, which later in life had her confined to a wheelchair. Born Claudine Huzé (Claudine Lucie Pauline Huzé according to some online sources) on January 12, 1937, in Paris, the blue-eyed, blonde Marie Dubois began her show business career on stage, being featured in plays such as Molière's The Misanthrope and Arthur Miller's The Crucible. François Truffaut discovery: 'Shoot the »
- Andre Soares
“Foxcatcher” (pictured) “The Imitation Game,” and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Reese Witherspoon-starrer “Wild,” are among buzzed awards season pics set for a Middle East launch from the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival.
The World Cinema Section at the Dubai fest will also comprise Italian debut director Andrea Di Stefano’s “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” toplining Benicio del Toro as the Columbian drug lord; Canada’s foreign-language Oscar contender “Mommy” by Xavier Dolan; and British actor Paul Bettany’s directorial debut “Shelter,” among other titles.
The Dubai selection “offers everything from sneak previews of big-budget Hollywood films to no-budget films that are breaking new ground, films from first-time filmmakers through to the some of the most established directors working today,” boasted the fest’s artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali in a statement.
Rounding out the first-round of announced titles in Dubai’s World Cinema Section are Argentinian director Damian Szifron’s »
- Nick Vivarelli
Annabelle edged out Gone Girl this weekend internationally, pulling in $28.1M compared to $26.89M that the Ben Affleck thriller scooped up. Annabelle is now tracking 6% ahead of The Conjuring at the same point in its run. The Conjuring went onto to gross $180.6M overseas for a worldwide total of $318M when it bowed last year. For market by market breakouts, see below. Also added are finals for The Judge, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hercules and Relatos Salvajes.
Final Update, Monday, 12:18 Pt: Final numbers are in for many films, but we’re still awaiting Warner Bros. to weigh in before we know who won the weekend wrestling match between its horror film Annabelle and Fox’s Gone Girl (which has held the No. 1 one for two weekends in a row stateside). Fox has reported a little under $27M »
- Nancy Tartaglione
San Sebastian, Spain– Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, who delivered the biggest French-language hit ever with the Omar-Sy starrer “Intouchables” ($426 million worldwide) in 2011, fired up this year’s San Sebastian fest with the European premiere of “Samba” on closing night. In the well-polished social comedy, Sy plays Samba, a hard-working Senegalese migrant whose life is turned upside down after getting caught by authorities. Pic, which is produced by Quad Films, centers around Samba’s unlikely relationship and building romance with Alice, a social worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who is recovering from a burn-out. Sold by Gaumont, “Samba” sparked standing ovations at both Toronto, where it world-premiered, and at San Sebastian. Kicking off the European tour to promote the movie, Toledano and Nakache took time to chat with Variety about the genesis of “Samba,” what the film means to them, their collaboration with Sy and Gainsbourg, and what they look forward to in France and beyond. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Sold by Films Distribution, “Magical Girl,” which marks the sophomore outing of Vermut, is a troubling drama turning on a father who attempts to fulfill the last wish of his daughter, who is battling leukemia. Pic is produced by Pedro Hernandez Santos’ Madrid-based outfit Aqui y Alli.
Cedric Kahn’s “Wild Life,” a true story starring Mathieu Kassovitz and Celine Sallette, scooped San Sebastian’s special jury prize. The movie, repped by Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, follows a father who lost the custody of his two children and spends 11 years on the run with them living off the radar across France.
- Emiliano De Pablos and Elsa Keslassy
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced its Special Screenings line-up of high-profile films from Japan and abroad.
Aside from previously announced opening and closing films - Big Hero 6 and Parasyte - world premieres in Special Screenings include Mamoru Oshii’s Japan-Canada coproduction Garm Wars The Last Druid, a “hybrid animation fusing pioneer CG and live-action technologies”.
Also, Isshin Inudo’s romance Miracle: Devil Claus’ Love And Magic, Sebastian Masuda’s The Nutcracker 3D and Kiyotaka Taguchi’s The Next Generation - Patlabor - Episode 10, a live action version of Mobile Police Patlabor with special footage to screen with commentary from general director Oshii.
The festival will run Oct 23-31.
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- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
Tokyo – Two new movies by sci-fi auteur Mamoru Oshii will unspool in the special screenings section of the
Tokyo International Film Festival, (Oct. 23-31)
The 21-title section showcases movies set for release in Japan in the fall and winter and includes a strong local sci-fi contingent.
In addition to the previously announced “Parasyte,” the Takashi Yamazaki alien invasion pic that will close the festival, the section will screen live-action/animation hybrid “Garm Wars — The Last Druid” and the live-action “The Next Generation — Patlabor (episode ten).” Oshii is credited as the general director on the latter picture, Kiyotaka Taguchi as the director.
- Mark Schilling
After premiering last week at the Toronto Film Festival, Broad Green Pictures has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the French film Samba.
The picture comes from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, who made the 2012 hit The Intouchables, which broke box-office records in France and has since become the highest grossing French-language film in the U.S. in the last decade. The project reunites the directors with Omar Sy, who starred in The Intouchables and plays a Senegalese immigrant ordered to leave France after 10 years of working day and night. Nakache and Toledano adapted the film from Delphine Coulin »
- Jake Perlman
Bgp plans to release the film in the second half of 2015 in theaters across the United States and build upon the box-office success of its predecessor.
Samba had it’s world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
The film stars a French powerhouse trio with Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim in the latest offering from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano whose The Intouchables broke box office records in France and was the top grossing French-language film in the U.S. in the last decade.
- Melissa Thompson
2 Tiff pickups of films covered on this blog: First, Broad Green has taken Us distribution rights to "Samba," the latest dramedy from Frenchman Omar Sy, which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, directed by Sy's "Intouchables" helmers - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano - co-stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahiin in a tale of a Senegalese worker who battles to stay in France with the help of an immigration worker. Broad Green plans a second half 2015 release of the film, which might suggest they have awards aspirations for it, especially given how well it was received at Tiff. I'm surprised that The Weinstein »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bgp plans to release “Samba” in the second half of 2015. The deal for “Samba” is the second Toronto acquisition for Bgp, which bought the rights to the Andrew Garfield-Michael Shannon drama “99 Homes” earlier this week.
“Samba” also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim and is adapted from Delphine Coulin’s book “Samba pour la France.” Gaumont produced “Samba” with Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun and Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky from Quad Productions.
Sy stars as a Senegalese immigrant who’s ordered to leave France after working day and night for the last ten years, trying to support his family back in »
- Dave McNary
Broad Green Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Samba,” Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's follow-up to their 2012 hit “The Intouchables,” the company announced Thursday. Bgp plans to release the film in the second half of 2015 in theaters across the U.S. and build upon the incredible box-office success of its predecessor. “The Intouchables” broke box office records in France and was the top grossing French-language film in the U.S. in the last decade. The film stars Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim. Samba Sy) has worked day and night for the last 10 years, trying to support his. »
- Jeff Sneider
They’ve yet to sink their teeth into the complexities of the game, but Broad Green Pictures (going by the acronym of Bgp) are in full swing mode. Building their future slate, after lassoing Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes (we publish our Tiff review tomorrow), the distrib have picked up Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s Samba and have pegged it with a second-half of 2015 release.
Gist: Samba, a Senegalese man (Omar Sy) who’s been living in Paris for ten years, gets by doing odd jobs. Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is a high-level business woman suffering a burnout. He’s been doing every thing he can to get his French identity papers, while she’s trying to pull herself together by doing volunteer work for an immigrant association. Both are trying to find a way out of the impasse their lives are in, until the day that their paths cross.
Worth Noting: Call it a mutual, »
- Eric Lavallee
Broad Green plans to release Samba theatrically in the second half of 2015. The film received its world premiere in Toronto and marks Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s follow-up to their 2012 smash The Intouchables.
Earlier this week it emerged that the company had taken Us rights to Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes.
Broad Green brokered the deal with CAA and Gaumont International.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
After the runaway success of “The Intouchables,” French writing-directing duo Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache were positioned to tackle nearly any project they pleased, especially if comedic muse Omar Sy agreed to be involved. It speaks volumes about the trio’s priorities that they decided to challenge themselves and their built-in mainstream audience with “Samba,” a more-serious-than-not cross-cultural romance starring Sy as a Senegalese dishwasher with feelings for the immigration caseworker (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who could be his last chance at staying in Paris.
Given the country’s widespread concern with immigration and integration (not just resistance to the arrival of outsiders, but objections to how they adapt to the Gallic way of life), xenophobia has been the pervasive subtext of French cinema for at least the past decade — if not the text itself, as in this year’s runaway B.O. phenom, “Serial (Bad) Weddings,” in which a father freaks »
- Peter Debruge
A recent migrant to France fights to stay in his adopted country with the help of a rookie immigration worker.
An illegal immigrant named Samba who has been caught by French authorities is assisted by a group of volunteer social workers one of whom develops a personal interest in him; complications arise when he finds the girlfriend for one of his friends and they have a brief affair. Samba tries to stay under the authorities’ radar while doing odd jobs like being a security guard, construction worker and window washer.
Unlike Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) who tends to explore the dark underbelly of society, co-directors and writers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano address social issues with more of a light-hearted touch. The absent-minded antics of Alice set the tone for »
- Trevor Hogg
As the plight of illegal immigrants remains a hot-button issue in American and international politics, many current films have looked at this struggle in unique, singular ways. Titles like Sin Nombre, A Better Life and Dirty Pretty Things have dramatized a collection of sad, squalid tales that need to be told in today’s inflamed political arena. However, few of them boast much in the way of laugh-out-loud comedy.
Samba, the new film from The Intouchables directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, uses the appeal of its lead star, Omar Sy, to generate crowd-pleasing moments in what is likely the cheeriest movie ever made about the immigrant’s plight. Despite its light touch, the levity works.
Sy plays Samba Cissé, a man from Senegal who has worked a lot of low-paying jobs after arriving in France a decade earlier. He sends much of his measly paycheck to his family back home. »
- Jordan Adler
The French major has closed deals for Latin America (California), Canada (Entertainment One), South Korea (Bloomage), Spain (A Contracorriente) and Israel (Nachshon).
Gaumont pre-sold the movie at Cannes after unveiling a 12-minute promo of the pic to Gaga (Japan), Senator (Germany), Frenetic (Switzerland), Greece and Romania (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos), all of which had struck B.O. gold with “The Intouchables.” Other buyers include Belga (Benelux), Italian Intl. Film/Rai (Italy) and Top Films (Russia).
Described as a feel-good dramedy, the €15.3 million ($19.8 million) film toplines Omar Sy as Samba, a recent immigrant to France who bonds with a social worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and a fellow immigrant (Tahar Rahim). “Samba” is produced by the team behind “Intouchables:” Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris — With a record 41 French pics playing at Toronto, Gallic movies will have the largest presence among foreign-language films at the fest. Meanwhile, Luc Besson’s blockbuster “Lucy” is sure to boost this year’s French films’ export figures, having grossed $218 million worldwide so far. But in reality, French-lingo movies are struggling to access theater screens, pushing local sales agents to seize different and non-traditional opportunities.
This certainly has been the case at recent movie markets, where sales agents are closing more and more deals with select digital platforms that are opening up to European arthouse fare. And while all-rights deals are proving harder to clinch, French movies are becoming hot material for foreign-language remakes in markets with strong local film industries. C’est la vie.
“Foreign-language remakes are getting more popular in markets like South Korea, India, Argentina and Brazil, which are dominated by local films and Hollywood movies, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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