EXCLUSIVE– French superstar filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano are re-teaming for their latest feature C’est La Vie, a dramedy that follows the behind the scenes of a wedding. Jean-Pierre Bacri and Gilles Lellouche are on-board to star in the picture, which will once again have Nakache and Toledano’s trademark humanist world view as we follow the big night of newlyweds Pierre and Helena through the eyes of all those who work to make the night as magical as possible, including Max the caterer, Guy the photographer and high school intern James, who’s also the singer-entertainer-DJ. The evening’s proceedings, set in a gorgeous 18th century chateau outside of Paris, will take place almost in real time.
French production powerhouse Quad, who also produced Nakache and Toledano’s box office juggernaut Intouchables as well as their follow-up Samba, are once again producing with Gaumont on-board to finance and sell at Cannes. It is the latest collaboration between Quad and Gaumont. The two are also launching Armando Iannucci’s graphic novel adaptation The Death of Stalin set to bow at the market with an increasingly high profile cast. Stalin is a feature adaptation on Fabien-Nury’s acclaimed graphic novel that follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 after 30 years of iron-fisted rule over the Soviet Union. Both Quad projects are set to be hot titles at Cannes.
Nakache and Toledano’s recent rise is all the more remarkable for their passionate adherence to stories that relate fundamentally to characters who would all-too-often categorised as outsiders. Instead, in their hands, the storie of an illegal immigrant (Omar Sy in Samba) or a young man for the projects (again, Sy in Intouchables) are put centre stage and dealt with in an empathetic, emotionally rich manner that has allowed their films to stand out. Intouchables grossed $416 million internationally, a staggering number for a French film. Deadline broke the news that The Weinstein Co. has attached Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart to its English language remake.
Quad’s Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou and Nicolas Duval Adassovsky produce alongside Gaumont.