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Olivier Nakache

Olivier Nakache

The award-winning filmmaking team of Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache have established themselves as two of the leading lights of French comic cinema, with a string of critical and popular successes to their credit.

Toledano and Nakache met in the early nineties, and began their creative partnership with the 1995 short film, LE JOUR ET LA NUIT, with Zinedine Soualem and Julie Mauduech. Their second short film, LES PETITS SOULIERS, brought the duo broad attention. Inspired by their mutual experience (the Santa Claus rounds that they did on Christmas Eve to make a little money), the film was selected for the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and the Paris Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in 1999. LES PETITS SOULIERS subsequently screened at numerous other French and foreign festivals, picking up a dozen different awards.

The filmmakers again drew upon their personal histories – in this case, their experiences as summer camp counselors – for their next short, 2002's CES JOURS HEUREUX. That film marked their first collaboration with comedian/actor Omar Sy, who would became a member of the filmmakers' informal repertory company.

In 2003, Toledano and Nakache directed their first feature film together, JUST FRIENDS (JE PRÉFÈRE QU'ON RESTE AMIS), a comedy starring Gérard Depardieu and Jean-Paul Rouve. For their sophomore feature, the duo adapted their acclaimed short CES JOURS HEUREUX into a feature-length comedy, THOSE HAPPY DAYS (NOS JOURS HEUREUX), with an ensemble cast that included previous collaborators Omar Sy and Jean-Paul Rouve. A hit with audiences and critics alike, THOSE HAPPY DAYS won numerous awards, including the Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Meudon Comedy Film Festival in 2001, and the Audience Award in Poitiers and Sarlat that same year.

Toledano and Nakache turned to the subject of family for their third feature, the ensemble comedy, SO CLOSE (TELLEMENT PROCHES). It starred Vincent Elbaz, Isabelle Carré, Omar Sy, François-Xavier Demaison and Joséphine de Meaux.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2013.

Olivier Nakache Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthdayApril 14, 1973 (49)
BirthplaceSuresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Selected Filmography

So Happy Together
Nos jours heureux
Je pr??fère qu\'on reste amis
Troppo Amici
Quasi Amici
Yvon Marciano Collection
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