Samuel Hadida, the French godfather of the “Resident Evil” film franchise, got on board the project after pulling an all-nighter playing the video game with his son who was a fan of the game. Hadida admits he quickly became addicted. “I’ve never been a gamer but I immediately clicked with this one: I’ve always loved comic books, Marvel’s in particular, and movies from Dario Argento and George A. Romero. ‘Dawn of the Dead’ is one of my favorite films and...
With his brother Samuel Hadida, Victor Hadida runs Metropolitan Filmexport, France’s independent distribution leader, which has steadfastly thrived for nearly 40 years thanks to the pair’s deep-rooted ties to Hollywood’s power players, passion for movies and guts.
The Hadida brothers were the first distributors in France to import cult Hollywood movies like Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs,” David Fincher’s “Seven” and martial-arts pics with Jean-Claude Van Damme in the 1990s. Today, they handle films by George Clooney, Martin Scorsese, Park Chan Wook and Steven Spielberg, among others.
The discreet and mild-mannered Victor Hadida is more involved in the financing and distribution activities of the company in France, while Samuel (known as Sammy), focuses more on the development, packaging and production of films and is constantly in touch with Hollywood studio execs and filmmakers.
Hadida and his brother also run the production banner Davis Films which has mainly co-produced international blockbusters such as “Resident Evil,” “Silent Hill” and “The Expendables” franchises. The company has deals with New Line Cinema, Lionsgate and Dreamworks.
In recent years, Davis Films and Metropolitan Filmexport have started getting involved in French movies, notably Claude Lelouch’s “Un + Une” with Jean Dujardin and Elsa Zilberstein, and Rachid Bouchareb’s upcoming “Belleville Cop,” a buddy comedy starring Omar Sy and Luis Guzman.
Hadida also spearheaded the launch Metropolitan Filmexport’s HK label, which has been distributing high-profile Asian movies in France since the 1980’s.
A highly-respected figure within the French film industry, Hadida presides the National Federation of French Film Distributors, which regroups 50 Gallic companies since 2006 and presides the International Federation of Films Distributors, which reps 275 European companies since 2007.