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France Selects 'Intouchables' As Foreign-Language Oscar Submission

French feel-good juggernaut The Intouchables has been chosen to rep the country in the foreign-language Academy Awards race. Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the film about an unlikely friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic and a man from the other side of the tracks was released by Gaumont in France in November 2011 and ultimately sold nearly 20M tickets to become the third-highest grosser ever in the territory and second-biggest French film of all time. Outside France, it recently became the French-language film with the most global admissions ever. The Weinstein Company acquired Intouchables (and its English-language remake rights) and released it in the U.S. in May; its domestic cume is just under $12M.

Earlier this year, it was nominated for nine César Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscar, but won only one for co-lead Omar Sy as Best Actor. François Cluzet also stars in the film, produced by BBDA Quad Productions. The seven-member committee that chose to put the film forth for a potential Oscar nod this year included Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux, director Sylvain Chomet and The Artist star Bérénice Béjo.

    1. Intouchables and Moonrise Kingdom are my favorite films so far this year and have seen them both a second time. They both deserve every accolade they receive.

  1. I enjoyed it, but frankly don’t think it’s all that special. Still, certainly happy to see a small character-based film kick ass.

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