×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cannes: Gaumont Turns Buyers’ Heads With Omar Sy’s ‘Samba’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Gaumont has locked down major territory sales on Omar Sy starrer “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s follow-up to worldwide box office hit “The Intouchables.”

The French major, which screened a 12-minute promo of the €15.3 million ($20 million) “Samba,” lured back “Intouchables” distribs Gaga (Japan), Senator (Germany), Frenetic (Switzerland), Greece (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos), enlisted new buyers: Belga (Benelux), Italian Intl. Film/RAI (Italy) and Top Films (Russia). Gaumont’s head of international, Cecile Gaget, said her team was closing Canada, Latin America and Spain.

“Samba” reunites Nakache and Toledano with their “Intouchables” star Sy and producers: Nicolas Duval Adassovsky , Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim and Izia Higelin complete the cast.

“As with Nakache/Toledano’s previous movies, ‘Samba’ is a crowdpleaser, an ensemble comedy about friendship, solidarity and deals with current issues we can relate to in different parts of the world,” Gaget said.

The 2011 “Intouchables” is the biggest French-language hit of all times overseas, grossing $426.6 million worldwide. “Samba” is now in post production and will be released by Gaumont on Oct. 15.

In Cannes, Gaumont is also shopping Remi Bezancon’s “Our Futurs,” a dramedy starring Pierre Rochefort (“Going Away”) as a thirty-something man whose boring life is turned upside down after he reconnects with a childhood friend played by Pio Marmai (“A Happy Event”). Eric and Nicolas Altmayer at Mandarin Cinema, who have Laurent Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” competing at Cannes, are producing the film, due to start lensing this Summer.

More Film

  • Wide House Unveils Flurry of Deals

    Wide House Unveils Flurry of Deals on IDFA Players (EXCLUSIVE)

    Gaumont has locked down major territory sales on Omar Sy starrer “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s follow-up to worldwide box office hit “The Intouchables.” The French major, which screened a 12-minute promo of the €15.3 million ($20 million) “Samba,” lured back “Intouchables” distribs Gaga (Japan), Senator (Germany), Frenetic (Switzerland), Greece (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos), […]

  • IDFA: ’Hamada’s’ Eloy Domínguez Serén On

    IDFA: ’Hamada’s’ Eloy Domínguez Serén On Wit, Wisdom In Wilderness

    Gaumont has locked down major territory sales on Omar Sy starrer “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s follow-up to worldwide box office hit “The Intouchables.” The French major, which screened a 12-minute promo of the €15.3 million ($20 million) “Samba,” lured back “Intouchables” distribs Gaga (Japan), Senator (Germany), Frenetic (Switzerland), Greece (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos), […]

  • ‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival

    ‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival Prizes  

    Gaumont has locked down major territory sales on Omar Sy starrer “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s follow-up to worldwide box office hit “The Intouchables.” The French major, which screened a 12-minute promo of the €15.3 million ($20 million) “Samba,” lured back “Intouchables” distribs Gaga (Japan), Senator (Germany), Frenetic (Switzerland), Greece (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos), […]

  • Los Reyes

    IDFA Film Review: 'Los Reyes'

    Gaumont has locked down major territory sales on Omar Sy starrer “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s follow-up to worldwide box office hit “The Intouchables.” The French major, which screened a 12-minute promo of the €15.3 million ($20 million) “Samba,” lured back “Intouchables” distribs Gaga (Japan), Senator (Germany), Frenetic (Switzerland), Greece (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos), […]

  • ‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ and Politics Dominate at

    ‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ Take Top Honors at Politically-Tinged Golden Horse Awards

    Gaumont has locked down major territory sales on Omar Sy starrer “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s follow-up to worldwide box office hit “The Intouchables.” The French major, which screened a 12-minute promo of the €15.3 million ($20 million) “Samba,” lured back “Intouchables” distribs Gaga (Japan), Senator (Germany), Frenetic (Switzerland), Greece (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos), […]

  • Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, 'Bethany Hamilton' Take

    Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, 'Bethany Hamilton' Take Hawaii Festival Prizes

    Gaumont has locked down major territory sales on Omar Sy starrer “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s follow-up to worldwide box office hit “The Intouchables.” The French major, which screened a 12-minute promo of the €15.3 million ($20 million) “Samba,” lured back “Intouchables” distribs Gaga (Japan), Senator (Germany), Frenetic (Switzerland), Greece (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos), […]

  • Oscars: Is 'Vice' Star Christian Bale

    Oscars: Christian Bale Leaps Into the Lead Actor Race With Adam McKay's Sobering 'Vice'

    Gaumont has locked down major territory sales on Omar Sy starrer “Samba,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s follow-up to worldwide box office hit “The Intouchables.” The French major, which screened a 12-minute promo of the €15.3 million ($20 million) “Samba,” lured back “Intouchables” distribs Gaga (Japan), Senator (Germany), Frenetic (Switzerland), Greece (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos), […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content