Algerian pic gets gov to remember soldiers
While the impact of most films is measured in B.O. or kudos, Algerian actioner “Days of Glory” is already having a more direct payout.
It’s putting coin in the pockets of soldiers who served France.
Pic, from Rachid Bouchareb, is Algeria’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar. On Sept. 27 — the day the film bowed to some 140,000 admissions — Gallic authorities announced that starting next year, veterans of all origins who fought for France will receive full pensions, just like the Gallic soldiers they fought alongside. France had frozen the pensions at derisively small amounts when its former colonies gained their independence.
Of the 253,000 “indigenous” soldiers who helped liberate Gaul in WWII, only around 80,000 are still alive. Today, a French vet receives E460 a month, while a Tunisian gets E60.
Several orgs have battled for years to rectify the imbalance. While France earmarked an additional E220 million for the underpaid war vets in 2002, this is the first time it has agreed to pay them the same as French vets.
Come nominations time, that’s an impact producers hope Oscar voters remember.