Libya documentary screening at Cannes

The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. rights to political documentary “The Oath of Tobruk,” directed by Bernard-Henri Levy and made over the eight-month period of conflict that put an end to Muammar Gaddafi’s reign in Libya.

The Cannes Film Festival will present a special showing of the film, which is an Official Selection, on May 25. TWC said four key figures of the Libyan revolution, who have been invited by Levy, will attend the screening.

The film was produced by Studio 37, a financier of “The Artist,” along with Margo Cinema and Arte. Rezo is currently selling remaining territories.

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein made the announcement, with the company saying that he views the acquisition as a political action that could provide hope for other countries such as Syria.

“This wonderful movie shows BHL’s incredible courage and the strength of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and also highlights the invaluable leadership from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” he said. “American audiences will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how our government and the French government worked together to stop the slaughter of innocent civilians and brilliantly handled the overthrow of a government.”

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