C’EST LA VIE! (Le Sens de la fête)
West Coast Premiere | France | 2017 | Comedy | 115 min | In French with English subtitles
Directed by: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Written by: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Cinematography: David Chizallet
Film Editing: Dorian Rigal Ansous
Original Score: Avishai Cohen
Produced by: Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun (Quad), Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano (Ten Films)
Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri (Max), Gilles Lellouche (James), Eye Haïdara (Adèle)
Vincent Macaigne (Julien), Jean-Paul Rouve (Guy)
International Sales: Gaumont
Max, a cantankerous caterer and wedding planner (played by the equally irascible Jean-Pierre Bacri), attempts to coordinate a “sober, chic and elegant” wedding in a 17th century château with the zaniest bunch of waiters, cooks, dishwashers, photographers and singers this side of the Ringling Bros. The exquisitely assembled ensemble cast (which includes Gilles Lelouche, Jean-Paul Rouve and Hélène Vincent) keeps things hopping, as the crew sails from one near-disaster to another. Snappy dialogue and sharp pacing contribute to this enormously enjoyable romp. Delighting French critics and audiences alike, the film has received 10 César nominations, including Best Film, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Actress, Original Screenplay and Editing.
Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache are the savvy creators of the uproarious and very poignant comedy, The Intouchables (2011), starring Omar Sy and François Cluzet, which also happens to be the highest-grossing French-language hit of all time. Childhood friends, the duo began their careers co-writing and co-directing several shorts, followed by their other feature films, Let’s Be Friends (2005), Those Happy Days (2006), Tellement proches (2009), and the romantic comedy Samba (2014). Toledano & Nakache also enjoy a very special relationship with COLCOA, where they were first introduced to an American audience in 2006. Since that time, the festival has proudly premiered each and every one of their films.
Presented in Association with: Gaumont