French box office favorite "The Intouchables" to hit SA!

An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, "The Intouchables" has broken box office records in France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), the film depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humour between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the film was nominated for a total of nine 2012 César Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, including Best Picture, and won Best Actor for breakout star Omar Sy. It also won 7 international awards, and was seen by over 50 millions viewers across the globe.

"One evening, we watched a documentary that moved us both: "A la Vie, à la Mort". It was all about the highly unlikely friendship between Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, who was left a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident, and Abdel, a young guy from the projects hired to take care of him" Nakache explains. And Toledano to continue: "A la Vie, à la Mort" had the makings of a wonderful narrative film: an incredible story, a powerful subject, a great deal of humour. Beyond that, these were the kinds of characters that Olivier and I admire and are drawn to: people who, in extreme and challenging situations, keep their sense of humour and remain positive".

The film will be released by SterKinekor - Cinema Nouveau nationwide in SA on the 11th of January. Watch the trailer here.