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‘Good People’ is a solid, well-made thriller

13 September 2014 1:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Good People

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.

The opening scene may in fact be the strongest. Jack Witkowski (Sam Spruell) and crew prepare to rob a stash of heroin from drug importer Khan (Omar Sy). Genz stages nearly all of »

- Neal Dhand

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Tiff 2014 Review – Samba (2014)

9 September 2014 6:08 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samba, 2014.

Directed by Olivier Nakache, and Eric Toledano.

Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim, and Izia Higelin.

 

Synopsis:

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

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Samba Review [Tiff 2014]

7 September 2014 8:29 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Toronto: Gaumont Closes Pre-Sales on ‘Samba’ (Exclusive)

6 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Banking on the smash success of Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s “The Intouchables,” Gaumont has closed pre-sales on the duo’s followup, “Samba,” which had its Toronto Gala premiere Friday.

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

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French Movies Make Their Way Abroad in Unconventional Ways

6 September 2014 5:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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'Samba' (2014) Movie Review

6 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Tiff Review: ‘Samba’ Starring Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim & Charlotte Gainsbourg

6 September 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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Tiff 2014: Trailer for 'Samba' from the Directors of 'The Intouchables'

5 September 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Chastain, Banderas, Mortensen, Coster-Waldau, Almodovar Join Washington, Del Toro at San Sebastian

5 September 2014 5:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

29 August 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.

Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.

Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.

We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.

Maps To The StarsSeptember 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September »

- Movie Geeks

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Tiff Trailer: 'Samba' Starring Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Tahar Rahim

29 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A few years back, all anyone could talk about at the arthouse was "The Intouchables." It was the third most watched film in France in 2011, sitting at number one at the box office there for ten weeks. And not only was it a hit in its home country, but it traveled abroad widely, earning a grand total of $444.7 million worldwide and scooping up awards, while The Weinstein Company snapped up the remake rights. And now writer/directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano are back with a followup. "Samba" brings together the attractive cast of "The Intouchables" star Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim and Izïa Higelin to tell the story of the relationship that develops between an undocumented immigrant looking to get his legal working papers and a burned out executive. So, perhaps a bit of social commentary and a dose of romance to go with it? Sure looks like it. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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English-Subtitled Trailer for French Romantic-Drama 'Samba' Starring Omar Sy

28 August 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Amongst the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival's closing night gala selection, is "Samba" - a reteaming of Omar Sy with his "Intouchables" directors, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Based on the trailer below, the film presents a dramatic turn for the often comedic Monsieur Sy, in a drama he of course stars in, alongside Charlotte GainsbourgTahar Rahim and Izya Higelin.  Sy stars as Samba Cissé, a Malian migrant living in France, who earns a living washing dishes in the back kitchen of a fancy hotel - not quite what he hoped for himself on arriving in the country. Things worsen when a »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Hot Trailer: Omar Sy As ‘Samba’ In ‘Intouchables’ Helmers’ Latest

28 August 2014 8:31 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano reteamed with their Intouchables breakout star Omar Sy for the upcoming Samba. Their highly-anticipated follow-up to the $426M-grossing 2012 sensation (no pressure, guys) will have its world premiere in Toronto as a Gala presentation. Sy plays the eponymous character who migrated to France from Senegal 10 years prior. Ever since, he’s been plugging away at various low-paying jobs and trying to secure proper work papers. Charlotte Gainsbourg plays Alice, a burnt-out exec who’s trying to get her life back on track.  Fate ultimately draws them together on a new path to happiness. Tahar Rahim also stars. Sy has been straddling Hollywood and French projects since Intouchables. He featured in X-Men: Days Of Future Past and appeared in Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo. His next studio picture will be Jurassic World. Gaumont is releasing Samba in France on October 15. There is no U.S. distributor yet, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Omar Sy Takes a Dramatic-Romantic Turn in First Trailer for 'Samba'

26 August 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Amongst the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival's closing night gala selection, is "Samba" - a reteaming of Omar Sy with his "Intouchables" directors, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Based on the trailer below, the film presents a dramatic turn for the often comedic Monsieur Sy, in a drama he of course stars in, alongside Charlotte GainsbourgTahar Rahim and Izya Higelin.  Sy stars as Samba Cissé, a Malian migrant living in France, who earns a living washing dishes in the back kitchen of a fancy hotel - not quite what he hoped for himself on arriving in the country. Things worsen when a »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Nakache and Toldedano’s ‘Samba’ to Close San Sebastian

22 August 2014 5:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — “Samba,” Oliver Nakache and Eric Toldedano’s follow-up to B.O. behemoth “The Intouchables,” will close Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival on Sept. 27.

Co-produced, distributed in France and sold worldwide by Gaumont, “Samba” will be released in Spain by Adolfo Blanco’s A Contracorriente Films,

The closing night gala slot for “Samba” marks the third time in four years that a Gaumont/A Contracorriente French title brings the curtain down on the Spanish fest after 2011’s “Intouchables” and last year’s “The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” both of which world preemed in San Sebastian.

Samba’s” San Sebastian turn marks its European premiere after it is first seen as a Gala Presentation at Toronto.

Also starring “A Prophet’s” Tahar Rahim, “Samba” substitutes across-the-tracks bromance for across-the-tracks romance with Sy playing a Mali immigrant, Samba Cisse, and Gainsbourg a burnt-out exec recycling as an immigration worker. She »

- John Hopewell

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Samba to close San Sebastian

22 August 2014 3:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Intouchables directors follow-up drama stars Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim

French relationship drama Samba, from directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, is to recieve its European premiere as the closing film of the San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27).

It marks the first film from Nakache and Toledano since Intouchables (Untouchable), which world premiered as the closing film of San Sebastian in 2011 and went on to score international success, grossing nearly $427m in worldwide box office.

The film reunites the directing duo with Intouchables star Omar Sy, who plays alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet).

Sy plays Samba, an immigrant who has plugged away at lowly jobs over a decade in France. Alice (Gainsbourg) is a senior exec who has recently undergone a burnout.

He’ll do whatever it takes to get working papers, while she tries to get her life back on track by volunteering with an association. As both struggle »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Gaumont Powers Up Toronto’s Biggest French-Language Slate

13 August 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Gaumont will be out in force at Toronto Intl. Film Festival with a record five French-language films selected in major sections.

The French studio will host the world premiere of this year’s hotly anticipated Gallic movies, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s “Samba” and Cedric Jimenez’s “The Connection” slotted for a Gala unspooling.

An uplifting dramedy weaving friendship and romance, “Samba” marks Toledano and Nakache’s follow up to smash hit “The Intouchables.” The helmer duo reteamed with their star, Omar Sy, who plays a recent immigrant to France who bonds with a tormented social worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg).

Based on a true story, “The Connection” (“La French”), directed by Jimenez, chronicles the six-year battle waged by a French magistrate, played by Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), to bring down Marseilles’ French connection drug ring.

Both “Samba” and “The Connection” have pre-sold in key territories. “The Connection »

- Elsa Keslassy

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X-Men: Days of Future Past extended director’s cut not arriving until next year

6 August 2014 8:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back at the start of last month, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed that an extended Director’s Cut of this year’s mutant superhero smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past would be arriving later this year. However, if you were planning on putting off buying the theatrical version – which arrives in October – in order to wait for the extended edition, then we have some bad news for you as 20th Century Fox’s Evp of Marketing Communications James Finn has stated via Twitter that the extended cut won’t be out until 2015. So, it seems any Anna Paquin fans out there are going to have to wait a little longer before they get to see Rogue back in action…

Will you be picking up the theatrical edition of X-Men: Days of Future Past, or do you plan on holding off for the extended cut?

X-Men: Days of Future Past »

- Gary Collinson

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Tiff 14 Preview: Omar Sy Teams Up w/ His 'Intouchables' Directors For 'Samba'

22 July 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has announced its closing night gala selection, along with 59 other feature films that were officially named today, Tuesday.  Among the always impressive slate of high-profile films making their world premieres at the festival, are a few that we've been tracking on this blog, including Omar Sy's reteaming with his "Intouchables" directors - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano - for a drama titled "Samba," which Sy of course stars in, alongside Charlotte GainsbourgTahar Rahim and Izya Higelin.  Plot details on »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer,’ Kate Winslet’s ‘A Little Chaos’

22 July 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.

World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”

International titles world-preeming on the »

- Jennie Punter

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