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Paris– Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint-Laurent,” a sultry biopic of the French famed designer, is set to represent France in the foreign-language Oscar campaign.
The movie world-premiered in competition at Cannes where it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
It’s produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer at Mandarin Cinema and Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which also handled international sales. Arte Cinema et Orange Studio co-produced. Thomas Bidegain, one of the screenwriters of Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,”co-wrote the script with Bonello.
Bonello’s film stars Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel and Lea Seydoux. The helmer’s credits include “House of Pleasures” (then titled “House of Tolerance”) and “Tiresia,” both of which competed at Cannes.
Bonello’s take on Saint-Laurent is, however, more controversial and revealing than Lespert’s film, »
- Elsa Keslassy
As we await the home-entertainment release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, we’ve been given a taste of the special features with the arrival of a five-minute blooper reel for the mutant superhero sequel, and we have it for you right here. Take a look…
X-Men: Days of Future Past is released on Blu-ray and DVD in the States next month and in November here in the UK. Featuring in the cast are X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, »
- Gary Collinson
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)
Madrid – In the run-up to Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival, which kicks off Friday, Adolfo Blanco’s A Contracorriente Films has taken off the table for Spain one of its biggest draws at this year’s event: Antonio Banderas’ starrer “Automata.”
Also having bought San Sebastian closer “Samba,” A Contracorriente no packs with Golem thebiggest punch of any Spanish distributor at the Festival: Six picks in all, including two of Spain’s four competition entries.
World premiering Sunday in competition at San Sebastian, “Automata” will boast Banderas’ presence, the biggest budget of any new bow at the Festival. “Automata” also marks Banderas bow in the sci-fi genre, and his highest-profile production to date at his Spain-based Green Moon shingle, founded in »
- John Hopewell
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
Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz
United States, 2014
Tom and Anna Wright (James Franco and Kate Hudson) are a financially struggling American couple giving the UK life a try. The money from a robbery-gone-wrong ends up in their basement and they make the ill-fated decision to hold onto it, unaware that the cash will bring two separate criminal gangs and a worn police detective charging into their lives.
Good People plays out like a combination of A Simple Plan and Shallow Grave, though it has neither the cold irony of the former nor the sweaty shiftiness of the latter. Still, director Henrik Ruben Genz’s stateside debut is a capable thriller with sequences of true suspense.
- Neal Dhand
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
If you haven't yet seen The Intouchables you're missing out on a truly well-acted, wonderful film and directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano are back with their first film since and have reteamed with Intouchables break-out star Omar Sy for a bit of a crowd-pleaser. Attempting to walk the line between drama, comedy and romance, for the most part it works if not a little incongruous, but overall it's too much of a soft lob, eliminating any need to get overly excited. Sy plays the film's title star, a migrant from Senegal that has been working and living in France for the last ten years, doing what he can in an attempt to get working papers so he can stay in the country, earn a living and send money back home to his family. Samba works in catering and has just received an offer for a new, longterm contract, something »
- Brad Brevet
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, since it has us wondering what it’s doing in the »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
My screening schedule for the Toronto Film Festival is continually updating and today it saw a bit of a shake-up all around as my morning plans evaporated so I could finish reviews and so I could check out a film called Samba, which I am sitting down to watch as you read this post. From the directors of The Intouchables, again teaming with Omar Sy who's joined by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim, Samba centers on the title character (Sy) who migrated to France 10 years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs, willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers. Alice (Gainsbourg) is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burnout and is trying to get her life back on track until fate draws them together. As someone that loved The Intouchables and has already heard good things about this film, »
- Brad Brevet
Madrid – A bullish star quotient – Denzel Washington, Benicio del Toro, Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich, Pedro Almodovar, Viggo Mortensen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessica Chastain, Josh Hutcherson, Omar Sy, Ricardo Darin, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Leonardo Sbaraglia – is expected at Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival.
The highest-profile event in the Spanish-speaking world, San Sebastian Festival is celebrated for its powerful Spanish-world art film line-up and new-talent focus. But it has never disdained glam: Stars – Hollywood, Spanish and French – receive a rapturous welcome from the city’s townsfolk, especially when they arrive at the festival’s mainstay Maria Cristina Hotel.
Star presence also plays off San Sebastian’s policy of attempting to snag European premieres of Toronto bows.
Washington and Del Toro will receive career-achievement Donostia Awards. Washington, accompanied by Antoine Fuqua, will also present the European premiere of Sony’s “The Equalizer,” which opens the Festival on Sept.19.
Del Toro also closes Fest »
- John Hopewell
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