A French/Algerian epic film about World War II, “Days of Glory,” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, Saturday the 9th and Monday the 11th, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St.
One of this year's Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, it is a war drama by the Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb (“Dust of Life”) and was a critical hit at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
The soldiers are North African, fighting against a fascist aggressor on the side of one of the ultimate European empires. Since France itself was at the time occupied by the Nazis, with almost a million and a half French soldiers imprisoned in German camps, the replacement French army was drawn largely from its colonies and included at least 600,000 North Africans.
“Days of Glory” is Bouchareb's tribute to those Algerian soldiers as well as his call for remembrance and justice. It's an emotional, inspiring experience, with four unforgettable Algerian soldiers at its center; they come together under the command of Sgt. Martinez (Bernard Blancan), and become both a unit and a brotherhood.
While not a conventional anti-war movie, the film documents the brutality of combat and some of the injustice that emerges from it.
In French and Arabic with English subtitles, the film is rated R and has a running time of 2:21 minutes. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door.