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Gaumont is rolling off a stellar American Film Market, having closed major pre-sales on Pixar-style toon feature “Ballerina,” period biopic “Monsieur Chocolat” with Omar Sy and Jean Dujardin starrer “Up For Love.”
One of Europe’s most ambitious animated feature projects, “Ballerina,” which marks the first animated feature produced by Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou and Nicolas Duval at Quad Films (“Intouchables,””Heartbreaker”), pre-sold to eOne in the U.K., Videa in Italy, Belga/uDream in Benelux, Idc for Latin America, Monolith in Eastern Europe, Volga in Russia, A Contracorriente in Spain, Ascot Elite in Switzerland, Pan Cinema in South Korea and Odeon in Greece. Sales were inked following a private screening of a 40-minute cut of the film held on the eve of the Afm in Los Angeles.
- Elsa Keslassy
Headlining the eclectic slate of Paris-based Snd, the Omar-Sy starrer “Two is a Family” directed by Hugo Gelin (“Comme des freres”) has already lured major European buyers on the lookout for the next French hit.
A London-set feelgood dramedy produced by Mars Films and Vendome Pictures, “Two is a Family” toplines Sy (“Intouchables”) as Samuel, a man whose carefree life on the French Riviera is turned upside down when a former fling (Clemence Poesy) suddenly reappears and introduces him to his baby girl before taking off.
Snd, whose Afm roster also includes Tommy Wirkola’s “What Happened to Monday,” has pre-sold “Two is a Family” to Tobis for Germany/Australia, Lucky Red for Italy, A Contracorriente Films for Spain, Belga for Benelux, Odeon for Greece and Impuls for Switzerland.
Alexis Cassanet, Snd’s head of international sales, said the the movie
Gelin is a scribe-turned-helmed who made his directorial »
- Elsa Keslassy
Headlining the eclectic slate of Paris-based Snd, the Omar Sy starrer “Two Is a Family,” directed by Hugo Gelin (“Comme des freres”), has already lured major European buyers on the lookout for the next French hit.
A London-set feelgood dramedy produced by Mars Films and Vendome Pictures, “Two Is a Family” toplines Sy (“The Intouchables”) as Samuel, a man whose carefree life on the French Riviera is turned upside down when a former fling (Clemence Poesy) suddenly reappears and introduces him to his baby daughter before taking off.
Snd, whose Afm roster also includes Tommy Wirkola’s “What Happened to Monday,” has pre-sold “Two Is a Family” to Tobis for Germany/Australia, Lucky Red for Italy, A Contracorriente Films for Spain, Belga for Benelux, Odeon for Greece and Impuls for Switzerland.
Gelin is a scribe-turned-helmed who made his directorial debut with “Comme des freres” and has penned the popular laffer “La cage doree, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Dijon, France– The National Film Board, Cnc, presented a long-gestated subsidy fund for international sales agents at the 25th annual confab hosted by Arp, the guild regrouping auteurs, directors and producers on Friday. The fund, which is expected to reach an estimated 15 million Euros per year, has yet to be greenlit by the European Commission.
Addressing a jam-packed audience of high-profile lawmakers, institution execs and other industry figures, Daniela Elstner, president of Paris-based Doc & Film Intl. and Adef (association of French export companies), unveiled a White Paper put together by Adef and explained the key role that sales agents play today in economic and cultural terms.
This year at Cannes, French sales outfits repped half of the movies playing in official selection and won six prizes, including the Palme d’Or with Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan” from Wild Bunch. Moreover, ticket sales for French films abroad reached 114.5 million admissions in »
- Elsa Keslassy
During the worst of his many plate-smashing temper tantrums, Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), self-styled bad boy of the London culinary world, scolds his fellow chefs for not meeting his brutally exacting standards: “If it’s not perfect, you throw it away!” Applying that logic, we would have to dispense entirely with “Burnt,” a moody-foodie therapy session that follows an increasingly tidy narrative recipe as it sets this one-man kitchen nightmare on a long road to redemption. Although John Wells’ dramedy is energized by its mouth-watering montages and an unsurprisingly fierce lead turn from Cooper, Steven Knight’s script pours on the acid but holds the depth, forcing its fine actors (including Sienna Miller and Daniel Bruhl) to function less as an ensemble than as a motley sort of intervention group. Unlikely to capitalize on its once-rumored awards prospects or match “Chef’s” indie-breakout status, the Weinstein Co.’s Oct. 30 release »
- Justin Chang
Cannes– French major Gaumont is reteaming with Quad (“Intouchables,” “Ballerina”) on “A Bag of Marbles,” a big screen adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s “A Bag of Marbles,” a classic novel set in the backdrop of the second World War.
Based on Joffo’s own story,”A Bag of Marbles” is a colorful adventure tale chronicling the frenzied journey of two young Jewish brothers in German-occupied France who escape a roundup in Paris and embark on a trip across France to reunite with their family. Proving to be mischievous and brave, the two brothers manage to fend for themselves while escaping Nazi barbarism thanks to mind-boggling tricks.
Script is penned by Duguay and Benoit Guichard. Quad’s Laurent Zeitoun, Nicolas Duval and Yann Zeitoun are lead-producing. Gaumont is co-producing, handling international sales and will distribute the 23 million Euros movie in France.
Positioning “A Bag of Marbles” as a family-skewing movie, Gaumont »
- Elsa Keslassy
Latest production from the team behind La Famille Bélier.
Paris-based sales company Snd has picked up world sales on French director Hugo Gélin’s London-set Two Is A Family, starring Omar Sy (Intouchables) as a TV stuntman left to bring up an unplanned baby girl on his own.
It is latest production from prolific Philippe Rousselet of Vendome Production, whose recent credits include this year’s breakout hit La Famille Bélier and Tommy Wirkola’s upcoming sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday?, both of which Snd also sold.
“Reading the script we knew we had an instant classic,” said Rousselet. “There’s no better feeling than finding a gem, polishing it and bringing it to screens.”
Mars Film is also on board as a producer while sister company Mars Distribution will release the film in France.
Pantelion Films has picked up Latin America.
“We’re happy to team up once again with this wonderful team of producers »
French film-maker had just completed Odd Job (Un Petit Boulot).
“He died from on Thursday (August 27) from cancer,” his widow Camille Chaumeil told Agence France Presse on Monday.
“He really lived for cinema. He dreamt of being a director from the age of 15.”
Chaumeil was in the throes of completing post-production on his final film Odd Job (Un Petit Boulot) when he died, starring Romain Duris as an unemployed factory worker who takes on a hitman job to make ends meet.
Gaumont International, which launched sales on the film in Cannes, told ScreenDaily that first images would be available at the American Film Market (Afm) in November and that the feature was expected to released in France in January 2016.
Chicago – The situation with in-country immigrants is not just an issue in the United States. The new French film “Samba” focuses on the ongoing status of immigrants in Paris, who often do menial jobs while surviving under the radar of immigration laws. French Actor Omar Sy portrays the title character with insight and humor.
This is Sy’s (pronounced “see”) second film with co-writer/directors Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, after the well-received “The Intouchables’ in 2011. The French born actor – of parents who emigrated from Senegal in Africa – has an background that is similar to the characters he has portrayed for Nakache and Toledano, and he adds a touch of realism, in addition to redemption, to these roles. He recently broke into American films in a huge way, with prominent appearances in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and this summer’s “Jurassic World.”
Omar Sy is the Title Character in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Two new Specialty debuts managed decent bows in a weekend dominated by summer studio releases. Sundance Selects opened German director Christian Petzold's Phoenix in a pair of locations Friday, while Broad Green Pictures did the same for its third release, Samba by French filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the duo behind the2012 international box office hit The Intouchables. Pantelion/Lionsgate, meanwhile, opened thriller The Vatican Tapes with over several… »
French filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledo scored big in 2012 with their drama The Intouchables, which managed Hollywood-proportion numbers at the international box office and even totaled well over $10M in the U.S. Their latest film, Samba, resonates as a personal story about a hot-button topic in many countries around the world: immigration. Broad Green's Samba joins a packed slate of limited-release features going up against the studios this weekend including… »
Writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano hit a sweet spot with 2011’s near-half-billion-dollar global hit “The Intouchables,” starring Omar Sy as a white zillionaire quadriplegic’s black Algerian caregiver, pal, and life-restorer. So the filmmakers made another movie with a message: “Don’t worry, bourgeois! French minorities aren’t banlieue-burning banshees — we’re all best friends around here, let’s dance!” The Telegraph’s Mike McCahill usefully calls Nakache and Toledano the “diet Dardennes.” Social problems go down sweet and easy as a soothing low-calorie smoothie in “Samba,” their glossy new socially-conscious romantic comedy. This time, the masters of the low-cal rom-com make Sy a. »
- Tim Appelo
Read More: Review: Overly Sweet Drama 'Samba' Starring Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg And Tahar Rahim Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors of "Samba," make clear that they will not shy away from largely ignored problems -- and place them squarely in a comedic context. "Samba" is the story of an illegal immigrant (played by Omar Sy) from Senegal who fights to stay in Paris after years of working as a dishwasher. He crosses paths with an anxious immigration advocate (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg) who recently burned out of her executive job and is seeking meaning in other paths. The unlikely pair's romantic entanglements make for a story about love and identity in addition to brushing the issue of the immigration struggle in modern day France. Nakache and Toledano, French filmmakers who previously worked together on the critically acclaimed "The Intouchables," discuss their affinity for making very real, very relevant problems. »
- Meredith Mattlin
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. French directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano have been working side by side since the mid 2000s, but stormed into popularity with their 2011 hit “The Intouchables.” Breaking local box-office records with a story about a quadriplegic aristocrat and his impoverished caretaker, it appears that stories about odd couples is something of a specialty for these two. Their latest film, “Samba,” has its grand world premiere at Tiff this year, and continues this trend of unlikely pairings, as it traces the relationship between a migrant from Senegal and the charity worker assisting in his residency case. It’s a love story set in a contemporary world brimming with immigration issues, but it manages to be neither political drama, nor bubbly romance, somehow getting away with being labeled as a comedy. Of course, it will only get away in some cases, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
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 last fall. 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. The film presents a dramatic turn for the often comedic Monsieur Sy, who stars as Samba Cissé, a Senegalese migrant living in France, who earns a living washing dishes in the back kitchen of a fancy hotel - not quite what he »
- Tambay A. Obenson
At The Paris Theatre, the greats of the past - Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, Charlie Chaplin and Frank Capra - and Italy's recent past - Dino Risi, Ettore Scola and Mario Monicelli - blended with Ken Loach, Michel Gondry and Woody Allen as Samba co-director Olivier Nakache and Omar Sy spoke with me on the red carpet. Sy also starred in Nakache and Eric Toledano's The Intouchables. Omar Sy will soon be seen in John Wells' (of August: Osage County fame) Adam Jones with Bradley Cooper and Alicia Vikander and is filming Ron Howard's Inferno with Tom Hanks, Ben Foster and Felicity Jones.
Omar's wife, Hélène Sy, was joined by guests Michael Avedon, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Are classic commercials for Coca-Cola products in vogue this year? The finale of Mad Men had us all recalling the famous "Buy the World a Coke" jingle from the 1970s, and now we have an exclusive clip from the topical new French film Samba that pays tribute to a 1998 ad for Diet Coke. Do you remember the one with the office full of woman gazing at a hardbodied window washer enjoying a soft drink? If you do, you'll easily appreciate the below scene from the new movie from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the guys who made The Intouchables. And here's the alluded-to ad: Samba is already a success overseas, grossing almost $40 million since debuting in France and Belgium last fall. As you can see in the...
- Christopher Campbell
A few years back, filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano made waves internationally with their arthouse hit "The Intouchables," and the pair are once again spinning some crowdpleasing magic with "Samba." Reuniting with Omar Sy, the cast is rounded out by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, and Izia Higelin and today we've got an exclusive clip. Read More: 'Samba' Starring Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim & Charlotte Gainsbourg Blending comedy and drama, the story follows Samba, an undocumented kitchen worker, who is ordered to leave Frances, and battles deportation from his adopted home in Paris. Seeking out the help of immigration advocate Alice, the two soon form an unexpected bond, and some of the film's gentle emotion can be found in the scene below. "Samba" opens on July 24th. »
- Edward Davis
Ahead of its release this week, a selection of screenshots have arrived online from X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut, which give us a look at the additional scenes from the extended edition…
See Also: Trailer and new clip for X-Men: Days of Future Past
With a never-before-seen, alternate cut of the film—plus 90 minutes of all-new, immersive special features—the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!
X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and sees X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor »
- Gary Collinson
Creator of iconic French TV programmes such as Les Guignols de l’Info loses battle with cancer.
The executive passed away in his home in Provence yesterday (June 29) after a battle with cancer.
De Greef oversaw the pay-tv channel’s content - firstly as director of production, then head of programmes, and finally as director general - from 1986 to 2000.
He was brought into Canal Plus by his long-time collaborator and friend Lescure, with whom he created the popular 1980s music programme Les Enfants du Rock for state-backed channel Antenne 2, now France 2.
Arriving at Canal Plus just two years after its official launch, de Greef is credited with creating a slew of iconic French TV programmes including the satirical puppet show Les Guignols de l’Info as well as the popular »
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