Bouchareb's pic proved controversial in France

Rachid Bouchareb’s “Outside the Law” is Algeria’s selection for the foreign-language Oscar.

Pic follows the exploits of three brothers caught up in the turmoil of Algeria’s struggle for independence from France. Bouchareb returned three of the stars from his Oscar-nominated “Days of Glory” for the leading roles.

Controversy has surrounded “Outside” since before it bowed at Cannes, with many in France criticizing its anti-French sentiment.

Pic’s Cannes preem was marred by protests from more than 1,000 “pied-noirs,” French nationals who lived in Algeria during the colonial era. Pic met with more protests after its theatrical release in France last month.

Bouchareb has tried to distance himself from the controversy, steering clear of “people who want to turn this film into a battleground.”

Pic was produced by Tessalit Prods., Tassili Films, Novak Prods., Quinta Communications and Eagle Pictures.

Nominations will be announced on Jan. 25. The 83rd Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theater on Feb. 27.

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