By Brian Brooks | Indiewire August 24, 2006 at 1:05AM
French director Rachid Bouchareb's "Indigenes" (Days of Glory) will be distributed in North America by both The Weinstein Company and IFC Films. Set during World War II, the film stars James Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila and Roschdy Zem about four North African soldiers who came to Europe to fight for occupied France. The foursome, among 130,000 other "indigenous soldiers" sent to liberate their colonial masters, crossed the Mediterranean from France's North African colonies and fought in the French army, helping to win battles in Italy, Provence and the Vosges before finding themselves alone to defend an Alsatian village against a German battalion.
The film screened in competition at the Festival de Cannes in May where it won the best actor prize for ensemble cast (male) as well as the Francois Chalais Award. "Indigenes" will travel to the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival next month. Bouchareb co-wrote the film with Olivier Lorelle, and was produced by Tessalit Productions.
Maeva Gatineau, co-head of acquisitions for TWC and Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Entertainment announced the deal Wednesday. Eileen Rodriguez, director of acquisitions, and Gatineau negotiated the deal for TWC with Francois Yon on behalf of Tessalit Productions. Sehring, Ryan Werner and Elizabeth Nastro represented IFC Films.
"We are delighted to be partnering with IFC on such a powerful film and look forward to sharing it with audiences in North America," commented Gatineau in a statement. "This is a deeply compelling film which we are thrilled to bring to audiences with our partners at The Weinstein Company," added Sehring.
TWC and IFC partnered twice before, jointly releasing Duncan Tucker's "Transamerica," which received two Oscar nominations, including best actress for Felicity Huffman, as well as Patrick Creadon's Sundance 2006 doc "Wordplay." Films Distribution is handling international sales for "Indigenes."