Diane Haithman is an AwardsLine contributor.
One Saturday morning in early December, The Weinstein Company chief operating officer David Glasser was facing a very busy day: A noon screening of TWC’s critically acclaimed Silver Linings Playbook, followed by a 3 p.m. screening of the Christmas Day release Django Unchained, then an evening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ fourth annual Governors Awards. Until the February 24 Oscar ceremony, “Saturdays and Sundays are not my own,” the executive jokes.
But in between big events involving big movies, it somehow seemed fitting that Glasser would carve out a little chunk of time to talk about a small but equally important film executive-produced by The Weinstein Co.: The Intouchables.
This $2 million French film, based on the true story about the bond between a wealthy quadriplegic (played by François Cluzet) and the fun-loving younger man from a housing project (Omar Sy) he hires to take care of him, has earned more than $400 million at the boxoffice worldwide and is the official French entry for the foreign-language film Oscar. (The Academy will reveal its shortlist of foreign-language films tomorrow morning.)