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Intl. Film Award 2014: Gaumont Thrives With Local Talent and U.S. TV

14 May 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After losing itself for some time, the legendary 114-year-old French studio Gaumont bounced back to the top of the charts with the box office phenom “The Intouchables” in 2011. Three years later and with more French hits under its belt, the vertically integrated major headed by Sidonie Dumas has proven that the blockbuster laffer wasn’t just a lucky break. The company is thriving on all fronts — French distribution, international sales and TV biz — while keeping its focus on director-driven French films and banking on the next generation of talents.

Variety is honoring Gaumont with its Intl. Achievement in Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

While the market share of French films fell significantly in 2013, Gaumont rose as France’s No. 1 indie distributor of Gallic pics with 12.3 million admissions. Its revenue from theatrical distribution nearly doubled to $34 million.

In its post-“Intouchables” era, Gaumont’s annual revenues skyrocketed 60% to $235 million »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Dany Boon’s ‘Superchondriac’ Scores Boffo French Opening For Pathe

27 February 2014 10:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Following a roll of underwhelming film releases, Pathe could soon regain its mojo with Dany Boon’s latest comedy “Superchondriac,” which has gotten off a whammo start at the French B.O., racking up around a first-day €2.3 million ($3.2 million) on Feb. 26, per a Rentrak estimate.

Released on 854 screens by Pathe, the €31 million movie ($42.5 million) budgeted movie, which Boon helmed and toplines, had managed to lure half-a-million people in French theaters by late Thursday afternoon, proving the best opening for a French movie since June 2012′s “Would I Lie To You 3.”

“Superchondriac’s” bow was 25% up on Boon’s third film as a director, 2012′s “Nothing To Declare,” which opened on 200 screens more and went on to gross $74.5 million in France.

The comedy is tracking for a first-five day 1.5 million in tix sales,”  said Eric Marti, Rentrak general manager, France. That would be about $13 million in box office gross.

“’Superchondriac’ is a highly-anticipated movie, »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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Italy’s Notorious Pictures Hits a Home Run With Gaumont’s ‘Belle and Sebastien’

27 February 2014 5:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Tapping into the growing market for indie family entertainment fare and canine film lovers, Nicolas Vanier’s “Belle And Sebastien” has lured over one million moviegoers and scored an estimated 6.6 million Euros ($8.2 million) from 320 screens in Italy, where it’s being distributed by Notorious Pictures.

Based on Cecile Aubry’s children’s TV classic, the well-polished movie takes place in the French Alps, amid WWII, and follows the adventures of a six-year-old motherless boy and his friend, a big white dog, as they thwart Nazi attempts to capture French Resistance fighters.

Released in Italy on Jan. 30, “‘Belle And Sebastien’ has joined the handful of majority-French productions that have sold over one million admissions in Italy,” said Adeline Falampin, Gaumont’s international sales manager who inked the deal with Notorious.

Italy’s top-grossing French-language film remains Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s “Intouchables” (2.5 million tickets sold), followed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Guneet Monga and Karan Johar to remake French comedy “Intouchables”

8 February 2014 11:50 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Continuing their partnership that began with Ritesh Batra’s “Lunchbox” Guneet Monga and Karan Johar have teamed up again to remake French comedy “Intouchables,” reports Variety.

Intouchables”  directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano which won Omar Sy the César Award for Best Actor was released in India on July 13, 2012 by Tanweer Group. The  film grossed $426.6 million worldwide.

The Intouchables also won the Grand Prix award for Best Film and the Award for Best Actor to both Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2011.

“After a paragliding accident, when Philippe, a rich Parisian aristocrat, needs a live-in caretaker, he encounters many clones of qualified people in an interview. Driss, a strapping inner-city crook, shows up for this interview with the intention of being rejected. However, impressed with his irreverence, Philippe hires him. What follows is the formation of a great bond between the two, as they »

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Guneet Monga and Karan Johar Team-Up On ‘Intouchables’ Indian Makeover (Exclusive)

8 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin– Guneet Monga and Karan Johar, the Indian power duo behind Cannes sensation “The Lunchbox,” are set to team up on the local remake Gaumont’s “Intouchables,” the French comedy  blockbuster which grossed $426.6 million worldwide.

While negotiations on the U.S. remake are still being finalized with The Weinstein Co., Gaumont has moved forward on green-lighting international makeovers of the 2011′s French blockbuster, which was directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano

“From ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ to ‘The Lunchbox,’ I’ve always believed that Guneet’s company was by far the most creative and trustworthy producer when it comes to delivering crowd-pleasing Indian films with a strong identity that can play well at festivals and beyond,” said Gaumont’s deputy head of sales Yohann Comte, who handled the negotiation.

Monga, the winner of last year’s Industry leadership Award at the L.A.-set Indian Film Festival, is a power »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Kinology Takes Intl’ Sales Rights to Tahar Rahim’s ‘Pere Noel’

7 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gregoire Melin’s Kinology has taken international sales rights to “Pere Noel,” a family comedy starring Tahar Rahim and produced by the team behind “The Intouchables.” Kinology is also co-producing the film.

In “Noel,” Rahim stars as a robber dressed as Santa Claus who is followed by a 6-year-old boy convinced he’s the real St. Nick.

“It’s a tender comedy,” Melin said.

Stephane Celerier’s Mars Distribution will release the film in France. Commercial net M6 and pay TV Orange have pre-bought the $14.5 million pic.

Rahim, who broke through with Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,” recently wrapped the shoot of “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s followup to “The Intouchables.”

Pic started shooting Monday in Paris.


- Elsa Keslassy

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Gaumont’s Cecile Gaget: ‘We Don’t Want Labels’

13 January 2014 9:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Attending the UniFrance Rendez-Vous market in Paris, Cecile Gaget, the head Gaumont International since 2010, took the time to comment on the company’s standing within the French industry, its acquisition strategy and evolving business model.

Closely collaborating with Gaumont’s chair Sidonie Dumas, Gaget has been a driving force behind the company’s financial success and global outreach. Last year, Gaumont replaced Pathe as France’s n.1 indie distributor.

Considered one of France’s top sales exec, along with Wild Bunch’s co-founder Vincent Maraval, Gaget is being credited for forging ties with Gaul’s top producers as well as international filmmakers and distributors. She’s also participated in the financing of some of Gaumont’s most internationally driven films, including Fred Cavaye’s $21 million “Mea Culpa,” a Fox pickup; and $32 million toonpic “Ballerina,” from “Intouchables” production shingle Quad.

Variety: How does 2014 look like for Gaumont and what are »

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