Despite the lack of attention from the English-language-dominated Californian-based Academy Awards, second most popular film in France of all time "Intouchables" continues to receive the accolades two years after its initial release
On Sunday night last, the film from directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano took the top prize of “Best European Film” at the 27th “Goyas” – the highest award ceremony in Spanish cinema. The hit comedy was up against two other French films (Jacques Audiard’s excellent “Rust and Bone” and François Ozon’s “Dans la Maison”) for the title, as well as Steve McQueen’s “Shame” (starring our own Michael Fassbender).
“We’re very moved,” said Toledano with trophy in hand next to his colleague Olivier Nakache. “To receive this prize constitutes a great honour.”
Intouchables goes under the title “Untouchable” in English (presumably so as to avoid confusion with the 1980s film “Untouchables” with Kevin Costner) and it tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a millionaire quadriplegic and a young wide boy from the Parisian banlieues who’s hired to look after him. It’s based on the true story of French businessman Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his assistant.
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