Intouchables is a 2011 French film directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. When Driss, an ex-con from the projects, is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat named Philippe, his newfound job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure. Speeding a Maserati through Paris, seducing women and paragliding over the Alps is just the beginning, as Driss turns the often humorous world of upper-class Parisian society upside-down. As this unlikely duo overcome adversity of every flavor in this true story, they also shatter their preconceptions of love, life, and each other. Based on the #1 international best-selling book, You Changed My Life.
The film will be moderated by The Europe Center faculty affiliate David Laitin, the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science and an affiliated faculty member at FSI's Center for International Security and Cooperation. His specialty is comparative politics. In that field he conducts research on political culture, ethnic conflict, and civil war. His field expertise spans Somalia, Nigeria, Catalonia, Estonia and France. His latest book is Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-Heritage Societies.
Intouchables is the second film in the annual SGS Summer Film Festival running from June 28th to September 13th. The film will be presented with English subtitles. This year's festival features nine films from around that world that focus on the theme “Finding Place: Immigration, Refugees, and Borders Across the World.”
The film festival will run most Wednesdays at 7 p.m., from June 28 to September 13, and feature a post-screening discussion.
Admission is free and open to the community. No RSVP required.
Films will be screened in the Geology Corner, Building 320, Room 105. Click here for a map.