By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire August 4, 2011 at 2:48AM
The world premiere of the French comedy "Intouchables," from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, will close the 59th edition of San Sebastian International Film Festival, it was announced today.
The film, which stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy, tracks a friendship between two people with nothing in common: a millionaire left tetraplegic after an accident and an immigrant from the Parisian suburbs recently released from prison, who is hired on as his carer.
Toldeano and Nakache are best known for their features "Je préfère qu'on reste amis" (2005), "Nos jours heureux" (2006) and "Tellement proches" (2009).
The San Sebastian International Film Festival runs from September 16 - 24.
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The 59th edition of San Sebastian Festival will close with the world premiere screening of Intouchables (Untouchable), written and directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.
Intouchables is a witty comedy on the unexpected friendship arising between two people with nothing in common and very different ways of understanding life: a millionaire left tetraplegic after an accident and the man hired as his carer, an immigrant from the Parisian suburbs recently released from prison. The film will be distributed worldwide by Gaumont and the rights for the USA have been acquired by The Weinstein Company. In Spain the film will be distributed by A Contracorriente Films.
The screenwriter/director duo Eric Toledano (Paris, 1971) and Oliver Nakache (Suresnes, 1973) already made their mark in the short film field, particularly when their second work, Les petits souliers (1999), landed the Audience Award at the Paris Film Festival. Since then, they have helmed the features Je préfère qu'on reste amis (2005), Nos jours heureux (2006) and Tellement proches (2009).
The film stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy, accompanied on the cast by Audrey Fleurot, Joséphine de Meaux and Clotilde Mollet. François Cluzet is currently one of the most popular actors on France’s movie scene, having starred in the biggest French comedy hit of the year, Guillaume Canet’s Les petits mouchoirs (Little White Lies, 2010). His solid career includes works for Claude Chabrol (Les fantômes du Chapelier / The Hatter’s Ghost, 1982, Une affaire de femmes / Story of Women, 1988, L'enfer / Hell, 1994), Claire Denis (Chocolat, 1988), Agnieszka Holland (Olivier, Olivier, 1992), Bertrand Tavernier (Round Midnight, 1986), Olivier Assayas (Fin aôut, début septembre / Late August, Early September, 1998) and Nicole Garcia (L'adversaire / The Adversary, 2002). Omar Sy also worked with Toledado and Nakache on their earlier films, Nos jours heureux and Tellement proches, and on Jean-Pier Jeunet’s film Micmacs (2009), among others.
Intouchables will be screened out-of-competition following the Festival closing gala on September 24th.