The Intouchables tells the true story of a wealthy, physically disabled risk taker, the picture of established French nobility, who lost his wife in an accident and whose world is turned upside down when he hires a young, good-humored, black Muslim ex-con as his caretaker (played by Omar Sy). Their bond proves the power and omniscience that love and friendship can hold over all social and economic differences.
The picture has picked up numerous awards including several best actor nods for the incredibly talented Omar Sy.
The festival now has the pleasure of bringing this beautiful film to a screen near you. It’s a film you won’t want to miss that will probably have you in stitches from all the laughing and in tears at some point. Join us this Friday at the Convention center for what promises to be an extraordinary night.
The recently released chocolat portrays the real life story of Rafael Padilla – a former Cuban-born slave, who became a performer in France during the Belle Epoque era. Omar Sy arguably france’s most prominent black actor plays the lead character Chocolat. The film co-stars the experimental circus artist James Thierrée, a grandson of Charlie Chaplin, as George Foottit, an English clown and the other half of a duo that made both famous.
The festival will host the African Premiere of the film on the 29th of July.
The real “Chocolat” was immortalized by the painter Toulouse-Lautrec in 1896. The duo he formed with Footit was also filmed by the Lumière brothers, which you can see here.