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OSCARS 2007 France

Days of Glory bound for Hollywood

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Algerian film (and 90% French production) Days of Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
film profile
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by Rachid Bouchareb was selected today as one the five nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, which will be presented during the awards ceremony on February 25.

Winner of the Best Actor award for its ensemble cast (Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Samy Nacéri and Bernard Blancan) at Cannes last year, Days of Glory – the fifth feature by Bouchareb, who was also nominated for the famous statuette back in 1996 with Poussières de vie – drew 3.16m filmgoers in France.

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The feature, which deals with the participation of North African infantrymen during the liberation of Italy and France in WWII, has become a veritable social phenomenon in France, triggering in particular a re-evaluation of the pensions of soldiers from the former French colonies.

A French/Moroccan/Algerian/Belgian production, headed by French outfit Tessalit Productions (created for the film and headed by Jean Bréhat and Rachid Bouchareb), Days of Glory had a €14.4m budget.

The main sources of financing were France 3 Cinéma (€1.3m), France 2 Cinéma (€1.1m), CNC (advances on receipts of €500,000), several regional funds, and Belgium’s Versus Production (10% co-production).

International sales are being handled by Films Distribution.

For full details on Days of Glory, see our Focus, which includes interviews with the film’s director, producer and actors.

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(Translated from French)

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