BEFORE TOPPING THE 84TH OSCAR NOMINATIONS FOR ‘THE ARTIST’ OSCAR-FRONT RUNNERS JEAN DUJARDIN AND DIRECTOR MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS GAVE THE WORLD ITS COOLEST AND MOST CLUELESS SUPER SPY!
‘OSS 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES’ and ‘OSS 117: LOST IN RIO’
The Funniest and Second Funniest Spy Spoofs Ever Made*
Available Now on DVD and VOD
Before topping the 84th Academy® Awards with ten nominations for the French silent film, The Artist, Golden Globe® winner and Oscar-nominee Jean Dujardin (‘Best Actor’ – The Artist), Oscar-nominated Director Michel Hazanavicius, and Oscar-nominated actress Berenice Bejo teamed up in the acclaimed and ultra-hip French comedies OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and its sequel, OSS 117: Lost in Rio. For audiences that may have missed these earlier works by the Oscar-nominated alliance when they were first issued by Music Box Films Home Entertainment, NOW is the time to get in on the action!
Directed by Hazanavicius, both OSS 117 films stars Jean Dujardin, whose “arched-eyebrow perfection” (LA Weekly) caught critics’ attention and praise as the cool, cunning and completely clueless Pride of the French Secret Service. Berenice Bejo also joins the all-star Oscar-nominated cast in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies. Together the actor/director pair showed off early signs of magic as New York Magazine’s ‘Critic’s Pick’, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, topped the box office in France, and received 5 Cesar Award nominations including ‘Best Actor.’
Speaking candidly of Dujardin during production, “[Dujardin] and I both felt immediately that we were going to really enjoy ourselves,” says director Hazanavicius of his OSS 117 star, “I became quickly aware of his acting capacity. He has an acting palette few actors possess. We worked in complete mutual confidence,” he added, praising his collaboration with Dujardin.
Both OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio are embellished with Sixties-era flourishes, a Bossa Nova-flavored retro score, split-screen cinematography, overwrought gunfights, and an “inspired piece of silliness” (Vogue Magazine). Otherwise known as OSS 117, the womanizing, ethnically insensitive and wholly imbecilic French secret agent, Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, presents a combination of James Bond, Inspector Clouseau, and Matt Helm all rolled into one.
“We are honored to have seen these two incredible talents during their first collaboration together,” says Ed Arentz, Managing Director of Music Box Films. “They are a force to be reckoned with and we hope that audiences will get around to adding their masterful early works to their quo.”
Dujardin has been nominated for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ at this year’s Oscar, after taking ‘Best Actor’ award at the Golden Globes, for The Artist, not to mention his first win at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Director Michel Hazanavicius is Oscar-nominated for Director, while Berenice Bejo picks up a nomination for her Supporting Role in The Artist. Additionally, it has been recently confirmed that French producer, Thomas Langmann, has inked DuJardin in his next film project alongside another French leading man, Vincent Cassel, who previously worked with Langmann in another Music Box Film release, Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy #1.
Both films are available on DVD and VOD by Music Box Films Home Entertainment.
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies – Synopsis
French comedy sensation Jean Dujardin stars as secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, in this blithe and witty send-up not only of spy flicks and the suave secret agent figure but also neo-colonialism and Western covert action in the Middle East. It’s 1955 and after a fellow agent and close friend is murdered, OSS 117 is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo. This is to be his cover while he investigates his friend’s death, monitors the Suez Canal, beds local beauties, checks up on the Brits and Soviets, burnishes France’s reputation, foils Nazi holdouts, quells a fundamentalist rebellion and brokers peace in the Middle East…all in spite of his colossal but debonair cluelessness!
OSS 117: Lost in Rio – Synopsis
The price of French Intelligence, Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath – code name OSS 117 – has a new mission that takes him to the Bossa Nova Brazil of the 1960s. Teaming up with a sexy Mossad agent, he sets out to capture a Nazi blackmailer with an embarrassingly long list of World War II French collaborators. With a jubilantly retro score and production design, along with flair for the cinematic vocabulary of the 1960s, the filmmakers again have the perfect man to send up Western arrogance, French chauvinism and bigotry in general with biting satire and scathing wit.
* Box Office Magazine hailed OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies “the funniest spy spoof ever made”, and proclaimed OSS 117: Lost in Rio, “the second funniest spy spoof ever made.”