His tragic life inspired Intouchables (2011), one of the great French cinematographic successes. Business leader Philippe Pozzo di Borgo died on June 2, at the age of 72. The seventh art will remember that it was the actor François Cluzet who, in a masterful composition, lent him his features on the big screen.
The directors of this tragicomedy Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, who crowned Omar Sy with the César for best actor, immediately expressed their emotion on Twitter: “We have just learned with immense sadness of the disappearance of our friend Philippe Pozzo di Borgo . By accepting that we adapt his story in Intouchables, he changed our lives and the lives of many vulnerable and fragile people.
Philippe Pozzo di Borgo had recounted his terrible fate in a biographical book entitled Le Second Souffle. It was his resilience, his fantastic appetite for life after his paragliding accident that prompted filmmakers Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache to write a screenplay narrating the unique relationship that developed between Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his assistant Abdel Yasmin Sellou, immortalized in Untouchables by Omar Sy.
Intouchables was a triumph when it was released in 2011, attracting more than 19 million people to cinemas. At the time, the film became the biggest success of French cinema, relegating Gérard Oury's mythical Grande Vadrouille to second place. Since then, this record has been broken by Welcome to Dany Boon's Ch'tis.
Lover of life despite the suffering with which he had to live since his accident in 1993, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo had become the godfather of the association Soulager but not killing, which campaigns in particular against euthanasia. In 2016, he will also accept sponsorship from UP for Hummanness dedicated to the professional integration of people with disabilities.
Intouchables in 2011, film by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache inspired by the life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, with François Cluzet, Omar Sy...