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Cannes Winner "Indigènes" Gets Distribution

indigenes.JPGBack in May, Indigènes won the Best Actor award at Cannes for its ensemble cast. It's poised for a North American premiere in a few weeks at (where else?) Toronto.

Just announced is a North American distribution deal inked by The Weinstein Co. and IFC Films. The two companies have partnered previously to bring movies to the masses, most recently with the unexpected documentary hit Wordplay.

Indigènes is set in World War II, following four North African men who enlist in the French Army. They fight among thousands of other Africans to free France from the Nazis, despite having never seen the country and facing discrimination from the French themselves. The film's budget--$16 million--hardly makes it an "indie." But without support from IFC and the brothers Weinstein, those of us who didn't make it to Cannes and won't be in Toronto wouldn't get the chance to see it.

Plans are to release flick by the end of the year (Foreign language Oscar, anyone?).

Posted by Lisa on August 23, 2006 11:20 PM
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