ERIC TOLEDANO and OLIVIER NAKACHE
ERIC TOLEDANO and OLIVIER NAKACHE (Directors, Writers) are best known for the fourth feature film they directed together, The Intouchables (2011). Starring Omar Sy and François Cluzet, the film grossed $19.5 million in France, the third-best tally in the nation’s box-office history, and was released in more than 50 countries. Critically acclaimed around the world, The Intouchables earned a number of major award nominations including Golden Globe (Best Foreign Film), BAFTA (Best Film not in the English Language) and César (Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography). Omar Sy won the César Award for Best Actor and the film won both a Goya Award (Best European Film) and a Japan Academy Prize.
After beginning their career with the short films Day and Night, The Little Shoes (Audience Award winner, 1999 Paris Film Festival) and The Happy Days (their first collaboration with Omar Sy), the duo shot their first feature film in 2005, Let’s Be Friends, starring Gérard Depardieu and Jean-Paul Rouve.
Next they turned one of their previous shorts into a feature called Happy Days, a comedy about the world of summer camps. In addition to being Omar Sy’s first major feature-film role, the picture was a hit with critics and audiences alike. Toledano and Nakache delivered a successful follow-up with Tellement proches (2009), starring Sy, Vincent Elbaz, Isabelle Carré, François-Xavier Demaison and Audrey Dana.