The English title of the film is 'Days of Glory'
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (August 23, 2006) – The Weinstein Company and IFC Films announced today that they will join together once again to co-distribute the French drama "Indigenes" ("Days of Glory") in North America. Rachid Bouchareb directed the film, which takes place during World War II and stars Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila and Roschdy Zem. Written by Rachid Bouchareb and Olivier Lorelle, "Indigenes" ("Days of Glory") was produced by Tessalit Productions and recently played at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Palme d'Or and won two awards: the Fran?s Chalais Award and the Best Actor Award for the male ensemble cast. The film will be playing at the Toronto Film Festival this September. The joint announcement was made today by Maeva Gatineau, co-head of acquisitions for The Weinstein Company, and Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Entertainment.
In 1943 they had never stepped foot on French soil but because France was at war, four North African soldiers enlisted in the French Army, along with 130,000 other "indigenous soldiers," to liberate the "fatherland" from the Nazi enemy. These heroes that history forgot won battles in Italy, Provence and the Vosges before finding themselves alone to defend an Alsatian village against a German battalion.
"We are delighted to be partnering with IFC on such a powerful film and look forward to sharing it with audiences in North America," said Gatineau.
"This is a deeply compelling film which we are thrilled to bring to audiences with our partners at The Weinstein Company," said Sehring.
The Weinstein Company and IFC have partnered twice before on the Academy Award® nominated film "Transamerica" starring Felicity Huffman, and "Wordplay," a favorite at this years Sundance Film Festival, which explores the world of the crossword and the mind of Will Shortz, the NY Times crossword editor and NPR puzzle-master. Films Distribution is handling international sales of "Indigenes."
Eileen Rodriguez, director of acquisitions, and Gatineau negotiated on TWC's behalf and Francois Yon negotiated on behalf of Tessalit Productions. Sehring, Ryan Werner and Elizabeth Nastro represented IFC Films.