The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Weinstein Books announced today that they, along with partners Amazon, Apple, B&N.com, and Sony, plan to give away free eBook copies of You Changed My Life: A Memoir to all of THE INTOUCHABLES moviegoers between July 27 and August 3. The book was written by Abdel Sellou, the man whose life THE INTOUCHABLES is based off of, and tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a French aristocrat quadriplegic and the high-spirited, low-class Algerian ex con, played in the film by César Award winning Omar Sy (Omar et Fred), hired to serve as his hands and feet. You Changed My Life: A Memoir is available wherever books are sold now.
Everyone who buys a ticket to see THE INTOUCHABLES between July 27 and August 3 will receive a card from participating theaters with information on how to redeem the free eBook, published by Weinstein Books, a member of The Perseus Books Group.
In real life, Sellou, the man who not only faithfully served but truly saved the severely disabled Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, played by François Cluzet (TELL NO ONE) in the film, is as ebullient and impertinent as the movie’s character, but much more complicated and guarded about his past. In this book, he breaks his long silence about his turbulent youth and unexpected awakening and writes, with striking honesty and humor, about his unrestricted upbringing, his formative years as a thief and con artist, and his time in prison. Throughout, he accepts responsibility for his mistakes (and misdemeanors), and above all, he expresses his profound gratitude to Pozzo – his boss, teacher, and friend – for putting an end to his carefree life of indifference and aimlessness. He reveals how, thanks to Philippe, he eventually learned to live differently – with limits, with responsibilities, and with empathy – and like it.
“The response to the film has been incredible worldwide and in the U.S.,” said Weinstein Books Publishing Director Georgina Levitt. “The stories Abdel shares in his memoir will undoubtedly move, entertain, and touch the hearts of all readers. We thank our partners who have joined us in bringing this book to everyone who experiences THE INTOUCHABLES over the next week.”
THE INTOUCHABLES, directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, has become this year’s highest grossing foreign language film in North America surpassing Academy Award© winning A SEPARATION for the record. This milestone comes even before the film’s July 27th nationwide expansion and follows an expansive list of global and domestic acclaim and box office records.
The film has the third highest gross of all time in France and is the highest grossing French film in Germany ever, and has held the #1 spot in many countries around the world. Currently the worldwide gross is $356 million and counting.
The audience response in the U.S. matches the international love of the film. The film’s stars Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy, winner of this year’s César Award for Best Actor, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, have chemistry and charm that make for one of the most feel good films of our time. THE INTOUCHABLES has garnered awards at film festivals all around the country this year including: the ColCoa Film Festival’s Audience Award and Critics Special Prize; the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature; the Florida Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best International Feature; the Wisconsin Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Film; the Nashville Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature; and the Maui Film Festival’s Audience Award for Narrative Feature World Cinema.
THE INTOUCHABLES – SYNOPSIS
An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, THE INTOUCHABLES has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), THE INTOUCHABLES depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. Directed Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the film was nominated for a total of nine 2012 César Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, including Best Picture, and winning Best Actor for breakout star Omar Sy, and won the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival.