The Weinstein Company has acquired domestic rights to “The Oath of Tobruk,” a documentary about the fall of Moammar Gaddafi.
French philosopher and journalist Bernard-Henri Levy made the film during the months of conflict and unrest in Libya, chronicling both what transpired within Libya and the actions of others across the globe. After decades of oppression, the Libyan people toppled Gaddafi’s regime last year, culminating in his death last October.
“This wonderful movie shows Bernard-Henri Levy’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,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “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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Studio 37, which helped fund “The Artist,” is producing the film with Margo Cinema and Arte. Cannes will screen it May 25 with four key members of the Libyan revolution in attendance.
“For me, Harvey Weinstein is not simply the artist,” Levy said in a statement. “He is the producer who helped launch Amnesty International in the United States; the man who fought capital punishment with the weapon of cinema; and the one who defended Roman Polanski in the face of those who wished to lynch him.”