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, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad Films.
Having grossed $426.6 million worldwide, “Intouchables” still ranks as the biggest French-language hit overseas. It was released in the States by the Weinstein Co. and took more than $10 million at the U.S. box office.
Gaumont co-produced “Samba” and will release it in France on Oct. 15. Sy is repped by CAA and Adequat in Paris.