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San Sebastian, Spain– Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, who delivered the biggest French-language hit ever with the Omar-Sy starrer “Intouchables” ($426 million worldwide) in 2011, fired up this year’s San Sebastian fest with the European premiere of “Samba” on closing night. In the well-polished social comedy, Sy plays Samba, a hard-working Senegalese migrant whose life is turned upside down after getting caught by authorities. Pic, which is produced by Quad Films, centers around Samba’s unlikely relationship and building romance with Alice, a social worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who is recovering from a burn-out. Sold by Gaumont, “Samba” sparked standing ovations at both Toronto, where it world-premiered, and at San Sebastian. Kicking off the European tour to promote the movie, Toledano and Nakache took time to chat with Variety about the genesis of “Samba,” what the film means to them, their collaboration with Sy and Gainsbourg, and what they look forward to in France and beyond. »
- Elsa Keslassy
As the home-entertainment release of X-Men: Days of Future Past approaches, Fox has given us a look at one of the deleted scenes from this year’s mutant sequel, which sees Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique warning Xavier (James McAvoy) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) that Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is planning to star a war.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
Check out the deleted scene here…
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- Gary Collinson
Sold by Films Distribution, “Magical Girl,” which marks the sophomore outing of Vermut, is a troubling drama turning on a father who attempts to fulfill the last wish of his daughter, who is battling leukemia. Pic is produced by Pedro Hernandez Santos’ Madrid-based outfit Aqui y Alli.
Cedric Kahn’s “Wild Life,” a true story starring Mathieu Kassovitz and Celine Sallette, scooped San Sebastian’s special jury prize. The movie, repped by Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, follows a father who lost the custody of his two children and spends 11 years on the run with them living off the radar across France.
- Emiliano De Pablos and Elsa Keslassy
Despite the proverbial suggestion of the title, bad things mostly happen to less-than-upstanding citizens in “Good People,” a capable crime caper that nonetheless disappoints, considering the flavorful talent involved. With off-kilter Danish genre specialist Henrik Ruben Genz (“Terribly Happy”) making his English-language debut from a script by “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” writer Kelly Masterson, it’d be reasonable to expect a few more blackened twists in the tale of a hard-up Yank couple (James Franco and Kate Hudson) dragged into the Cockney underworld after pocketing a stash of dirty money from their deceased tenant. Both stars are in agreeable if uncharacteristically muted form, doing little to distinguish Genz’s pic from any amount of formula-following filler in the same B-movie ballpark; commercially, “VOD People” is the more apt moniker for this multi-platform release.
If nothing else, “Good People” serves as a relatively novel entry in Franco’s »
- Guy Lodge
We knew it was coming, but now we have an idea of when we can expect the extended cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past to arrive, with writer-producer Simon Kinberg announcing that the ‘Rogue Cut’ will be released in the first half of 2015, with summer looking most likely. The extended edition will include more than 10 minutes of additional footage, including Rogue’s (Anna Paquin) sequences, as well as those featuring other characters.
“It’s a big chunk, a substantial part of the movie,” said Kinberg during the official announcement. “We want to give (fans) the fullest picture of the film — behind the camera, and in front of it with the Rogue Cut and provide more of the process we went through” to make the film.”
- Gary Collinson
Written for the screen by Kelly Masterson
Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz
Tom and Anna Wright (James Franco and Kate Hudson) are a financially-struggling American couple giving 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 strong suspense.
- Neal Dhand
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
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
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