February 4, 2023

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Gaumont sold big Eric Toledano, Olivier Nacache had a tough year

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Gaumont has enlisted distributors in major European markets and beyond for “A Difficult Year,” a topical comedy directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the French filmmaker duo behind the smash hit “Intouchables.”

The deal took place at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous showcase in Paris, where Gaumont Toledano and Nakache unveiled the film’s promo to buyers.

“A Difficult Year” is now sold in Spain (A Contracorriente), Belgium and the Netherlands (Cineart), Italy (iWonder), Germany and Austria (Weltkino), Poland (Gutek), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Greece (Feelgood), Hungary (Moginet), Czech Republic, Slovakia (Aerofilms), Portugal (Number), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Romania (Independenta) and Israel (Lev).

Gaumont will later present the promo at Berlinale’s European Film Market where it will close further sales.

Toledano and Nakache’s eighth feature, “A Hard Year” is bolstered by an ensemble cast including Jonathan Cohen, Pio Marmai, Noémi Merlant and Mathieu Amalric. The movie reunites Toledano and Nakache with their longtime producers at Quad Films. The duo has also co-produced Gaumont as well through their banner Ten Cinemas.

“A Hard Year” follows two compulsive spenders, Albert and Bruno, who are up to their necks in debt. While seeking help from community workers to get their lives back on track, Albert and Bruno run into a group of young green activists. Lured by free beer and snacks rather than the ideals of these eco-activists, Albert and Bruno find themselves joining the movement without much conviction. The movie marks Toledano and Nakache’s follow-up to their TV debut “En Therapy,” whose first and second seasons achieved record ratings for a scripted series on Franco-German network Arte.

Interviewed diversity During the UniFrance Rendez-Vous showcase, Toledano and Nakache said the concept of “a difficult year” was matured at the peak of the pandemic, when France, like the rest of the world, was in lockdown.

“We wondered if the way we could live before this happened, whether it was compatible with the idea of ​​a ‘new world’ and not knowing which camp we belonged to. And that’s when we thought we should make a film about this inner conflict and explain the kind of schizophrenia that our generation feels,” Toledano said.

Meanwhile, Nakache said the film tries to capture the paradoxes of our time with humor, adding that for “A Difficult Year” he and Toledano referenced Italian comedies like “Big Deal on Madonna Street” and “The Monsters.”

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