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Marrakech — Traditionally known for its thick French accent, Marrakech’s glamorous opening night, held on Friday at the Congress Palace, had a definite Hollywood flavor with Sharon Stone getting a career tribute, as well as jury president Martin Scorsese and fellow members Marion Cotillard and Patricia Clarkson, among others international guests.
“It’s good to be home again here in Marrakech. I’ve made two features here. It’s also a precious moment for cinema, as you can tell from the roster of guests – there are so many talents in attendance this year,” said Scorsese, after being welcomed on stage with a long standing ovation.
Marrakech’s opening night gathered the jury members: directors Paolo Sorrentino, Amat Escalante (“Heli”), Anurag Kashyap (“Ugly”), Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy”), Fatih Akin (“New York, I Love You”) and Narjiss Nejjar (“Les yeux secs”), thesps Golshifteh Farahani, Elsa Zylberstein, Tahar Rahim and Francois Cluzet, Cesar Academy »
- Elsa Keslassy
There are few actors working today quite as gifted as Tahar Rahim. A bold statement, perhaps, but his work in films such as A Prophet, The Past and Our Children are cementing him as one of the finest actors outside of Hollywood – and it’s the latter production, out now on DVD and Blu-ray, that we had the pleasure of catching up with him about.
Our Children, directed by Joachim Lafosee, is a devastating drama that sees Rahim play the male lead Mounir, married to Murielle (Émilie Dequenne) as the pair struggle to raise a family, with the consistent presence of doctor André (Niels Arestrup) disrupting matters somewhat. It’s emotional and upsetting, and Rahim discusses his research on the real life story this drama is based upon. He also tells us what makes a good script stand out to him, what it’s like teaming up once again with »
- Stefan Pape
Exclusive: French sales company to unveil teaser and first images of coming-of-age-horror tale.
Gaumont has picked up sales on Danish filmmaker Jonas Arnby’s When Animals Dream about a young girl who is hunted down by the inhabitants of her remote fishing village when it emerges she is a werewolf.
Newcomer Sonia Suhl stars as the tragic protagonist Marie, who wreaks a bloody revenge on her persecutors, with support from Lars Mikkelsen and Sonja Richter as her parents and Jakob Oftebro as her love interest.
Gaumont will unveil a teaser and photos for the production which started shooting in the remote Danish region of North Jutland in early September. The picture is due for delivery in time for Cannes next year.
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Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache will commence shooting social comedy Samba at the end this month, which also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim and Izya Higelin. Gaumont, Quad Films and Ten Films are co-producing with Gaumont also handling international sales and French distribution. A release is planned for late 2014.
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Principal photography is underway on Nic Auerbach’s Squat, starring Robert Fucilla and Sarah Armstrong alongside Danny Webb, Jonathan Rhodes, Isabelle Allen and Nicky Evans. Written by David Marconi, the thriller centres on a financier, who becomes embroiled in a violent underworld when his multi-million pound house is mysteriously taken over by squatters. Dean Fisher is producing through his company Scanner-Rhodes Productions . »
Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the filmmakers behind the French international comedy hit "The Intouchables," are re-teaming with that film's star Omar Sy for "Samba" at Quad, Gaumont and Ten Films.
Sy plays an undocumented immigrant, while other story and character details are being kept under wraps.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the duo behind smash hit comedy “The Intouchables,” are set to direct “Samba,” a French-language immigration-themed dramedy toplining Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac”), Izia Higelin (“Mauvaise fille”) and Tahar Rahim (“The Past”).
Nicolas Duval, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad, the Paris-based company which produced Toledano and Nakache’s last three films – “Nos Jours Heureux,” “So Happy Together” and “The Intouchables” — are back on board.
Quad is reteaming with Gallic major Gaumont, which is co-producing, and is set to distribute as well as handle international sales via Cecile Gaget’s team. Nakache and Toledano’s banner Ten Films is also co-producing.
“In a similar vein as ‘Intouchables,’ ‘Samba’ is a social comedy that tells a moving and universal story and is anchored by endearing characters we can all relate to,” said Gaget, adding that she will introduce the project at the Afm.
Sy, the star of “The Intouchables, »
- Elsa Keslassy
‘Intouchables’ Helmers Set To Begin Production On ‘Samba’ The Intouchables helmers Eric Tolédano and Olivier Nakache will begin shooting their next film, Samba, at the end of October. Omar Sy, Best Actor César winner for Intouchables, stars in the social comedy alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac, Melancholia), Tahar Rahim (The Past, A Prophet) and Izya Higelin. French major Gaumont is co-producing with Intouchables‘ Quad Productions. Gaumont will handle French distribution and sell the film internationally as it did with Tolédano and Nakache’s 2011 mega box office hit. Delivery is expected at the end of 2014. BAFTA Hosts Tom Hanks On October 19th, BAFTA will host a Life In Pictures event with Tom Hanks in London. The two-time Oscar winner will be in town for the world premiere of Saving Mr. Banks, which closes the London Film Festival. (Captain Philips, in which he also stars, is the opening-night movie.) At the BAFTA event, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Gaumont, which is co-producing and distributing domestically and internationally, will kick off sales at the Afm in November.
Gaumont, which is co-producing and will distribute the picture domestically and internationally, has confirmed the production will start shooting at the end of October for an end 2014 delivery.
Gaumont is due to start pre-sales on the film in earnest at the upcoming Afm in November. “We’re already in talks in some territories,” revealed Gaget.
The new film, a co-production between Gaumont, Paris-based production house Quad and Nakache and Toledano’s company Ten — comes some two years after the directorial duo’s global box office »
Cannes — One of the latest candidates to become the big French comedy of 2013, first-time feature director Mohamed Hamidi’s buzz title “Homeland” (Ne quelque part s’inspire) will receive a Cannes’ Official Selection Special Screening dedicated to school students.
Sold by Wild Bunch, “Homeland” is backed by “The Intouchables” producer Quad Films. Paris-based, Quad also teamed with Upi to produce romantic comedy “Heartbreaker,” which scored a weighty Euros 24 million ($31.1 million) in France.
Written by Hamidi and Alain-Michel Blanc, a regular Radu Mihaileanu co-scribe (“The Concert,” “The Source”), “Homeland” is a cleverly structured civil-status comedy, inspired in part by the director’s own return to his father’s village in Algeria after 20 years of absence.
In the film, Farid, a 26-year-old French law student (Tewfik Jallab) visits his father’s village in Algeria for the first time in his life, falls in love with the country and a beautiful girl in the village, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
City of Lights, City of Angels (running at the Directors Guild Theater in Hollywood from from April 15 to 22) has confirmed its 2013 program of documentary features and short films, whetting our appetite with a few of its titles before the entire lineup is announced March 27. Three films will round out Col-coa’s French documentaries: Bruno LeBlanc’s “The Sons of Wind,” about the followers of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt; “Becoming Traviata,” writer/director Philippe Béziat’s look at a modern staging of the titular Verdi opera; and Sébastien Lifshitz’s César-award winning “The Invisibles,” a doc tracing the milieu of homosexual society in France from the post-war to the present. Read The Hollywood Reporter’s review of “The Invisibles” from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival here. Along with 19 other shorts in competition, the French film festival will also premiere Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's short film follow-up to their Oscar-nominated “The Intouchables »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A week before announcing the full line up of films in competition at the Col•Coa (City of Lights, City of Angels) awards, Hollywood's annual French film festival has revealed some of the titles slated to play during the 17th edition. Following their win of the festival's 2012 audience award, "The Intouchables" directing duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano will return to Hollywood to kick off the short films competition with their new short "Clean," starring Laurent Lafitte. Other additions to the lineup include the North American premiere of "The Sons of Wind," Bruno Le Blanc's documentary about the 'spiritual sons' of guitarist Django Reinhardt; "The Invisibles," winner of this year's Best Documentary César award, that traces the evolution of French society from the post-war to the present via the perspective of homosexuals; and "Becoming Traviata," an in depth look at the modern staging of Verdi's famous opera. The festival runs »
- Nigel M. Smith
Male bonding is a theme that has been explored in cinema for decades. Friendship and mutual trust provide for strong storytelling and quality film. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's French dramedy The Intouchables is yet another fine example of this human subject. The story involves two unlikely individuals who are joined together in a fairly simple scenario. The friendship that results in their pairing provides for one the most charming films of 2012. The Intouchables is a truly touching film which features two strong performances and now you can enjoy it in all its Blu-ray goodness.
- Randall Unger
Cast: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy
Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Due Out: March 5, 2013
Plot: A paraplegic French aristocrat (Cluzet) starts an unlikely friendship with his lower-class immigrant caretaker (Sy).
Who’S It For? Fans of buddy comedies, especially ones with interracial concepts that aren’t actually self-conscious about ethnicity. This isn’t France’s version of The Blind Side.
Coming from a country that adores the buddy comedy, the French bro-mance The Intouchables is not a duet you haven’t heard before. This friendship’s structure is so susceptible to weakness its potential could be toppled by the wrong trailer. Though foreign movies have the most misleading trailers of any “genre,” thankfully The Intouchables doesn’t function like this: “Philippe’s (Cluzet) a grumpy paralyzed dude who learns that money can’t buy you happiness. And Driss (Sy »
- Nick Allen
The basis of The Intouchables is one we’ve seen several times before in which a plot will take two people who are seemingly nothing alike and from completely different backgrounds and put them together. Even though it’s the kind of premise that gets used quite often, directors/writers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano manage to make it seem fresher than usual by using a good dose of humor and getting a touching pair of performances out of the leads.
The film focuses on Philippe (Francois Cluzet), a rich tetraplegic who is looking to hire a new helper since he is unable to do anything by himself. There is a long line of applicants that includes Driss (Omar Sy), who merely presents a piece of paper that he needs signed in order to show that he is actively looking for work. He is told to come back the next »
- Jeff Beck
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Intouchables Philippe (François Cluzet) is a wealthy quadriplegic in need of a full-time caretaker. The list of applicants is long, but it’s a lower class Senegalese immigrant named Driss (Omar Sy) who gets the job because Phillipe wants someone who won’t look at him with pity. The relationship is bumpy at first, but the pair become fast friends through mutual respect and a shared sense of humor. Writer/directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano based their film on a true story, and while the subject of Philippe’s reality could very easily have made for a sappy melodrama, they wisely avoided that route. Instead the movie finds real humor and compassion in the developing friendship and the effect it has on these two lives. The script is surprisingly funny and never maudlin »
- Rob Hunter
You wouldn't think that a movie about an aristocrat and his caretaker from the projects would be a movie to make nearly half a billion dollars at the box office, but that's exactly what The Intouchables did last year. Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the French film had limited success in the United States, making a little over $10 million, but the movie was an absolute phenomenon overseas. And now that success is being translated as a new blockbuster role for one of the film's stars. Director Bryan Singer has once taken to his Twitter feed to make another big casting announcement, revealing that Omar Sy has been added to the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The actor joins Peter Dinklage as the only actors signed on for the film that haven't been in a previous X-Men movie, and much the situation with the The Game of »
There’s something for everyone in next week’s Blu-Ray releases: Wreck-It Ralph will tickle your gaming bone, The Intouchables brings a bit of comedy to its drama, and one my favorite films of the nineties finally gets a Blu-Ray release.
Ready for the latest Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.
Director: Rich Moore
A 3D computer-animated family film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film was well-received by critics and viewers alike, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Plot: Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun, »
- C.P. Howells
Filmmaker Tom Shadyac is in talks to take the helm on The Intouchables English-language remake for The Weinstein Company. Colin Firth is said to be circling a lead role, but nothing has been solidified at this time. We also reported in November that Silver Linings Playbook star Chris Tucker showed interest in starring as well.
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is writing the screenplay that follows an aristocrat who was paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident. He hires a young man from an urban environment to take care of him, as they both form a unique bond of friendship. The original film was one of the Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the Oscars last weekend.
Tom Shadyac started his career with a successful string of comedies such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, and Evan Almighty. After he nearly died during a cycling accident, he left the business altogether, »
Exclusive: Tom Shadyac, once a prolific director of blockbuster comedies before a near-death experience sent him on a life-changing journey chronicled in his feature documentary I Am, is returning to laffer mode. Shadyac is in talks with The Weinstein Company to helm its remake of the Olivier Nakache/Eric Toledano French sensation The Intouchables. TWC has a script by Paul Feig, and Colin Firth has been circling to star, though casting is not locked. The picture seems primed for remake — it grossed $416 million overseas, and only $10 million domestic. That is a decent number for a foreign film but leaves a lot of room for an American audience to discover the story. TWC released it here and got remake rights as part of the bargain. Feig was once going to make it his directorial follow-up to Bridesmaids but he left the project after writing the screenplay about an aristocrat who, after »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Tom Shadyac, who launched his career with comedies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective , The Nutty Professor and Liar Liar , is set to make a return to the genre with an English-language remake of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's The Intouchables . Released in 2011, The Intouchables is a French film that details the relationship between a rich quadriplegic and his new caretaker. Shadyac's history is an interesting one that also offers him a close personal connection to the source material. Shortly after his last comedy, 2007's Evan Almighty , Shadyac was in a cycling accident that threatened to leave him permanently immobile. Although he recovered, Shadyac decided to dedicate his life to working for the greater good and documented his quest to re-examine the world in the 2011 »
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