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'Samba,' French followup to 'The Intouchables,' gets U.S. distribution

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’s book Samba pour la France.

“I am very glad that Broad Green Pictures totally understood the perspective that Eric and Olivier wanted to offer with this enjoyable social romance, and we are very excited to start working all together,” Cécile Gaget, head of producers Gaumont International, said in a statement. “I trust their new vision of the market and the great team they’re putting together will bring Samba to a great US success.”

Also starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim, the film will be released in the second half of 2015 in theaters across the U.S. BGP also acquired the rights to the Andrew Garfield-Michael Shannon drama 99 Homes from Toronto earlier this week.

Academy Award for foreign language film nets a record 71 submissions

For the first time in Academy Award history, 71 countries are vying for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The submissions for 2012 include director Michael Haneke’s Amour, which won the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival; France’s global box office sensation The Intouchables; and Nairobi Half Life, the first film ever submitted by Kenya. Check out the full list below:  READ FULL STORY

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