Cinema Libre Studio has announced the U.S. release schedule of "Days of Grace" ("Dias de Gracia"), which marks Mexican director Everardo Gout's feature debut. Produced by his brother Leopoldo Gout, the film won eight Ariel Awards and is an ambitious achievement, tackling police and government corruption in Mexico City, while weaving together three tales of kidnappings for ransom that take place during consecutive World Cup tournaments.
The film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, will be released theatrically in NY at the AMC Empire 25 day-and-date with HBO Latino & HBO GO on May 1st; on DVD, Blu-ray and Download To Own on May 5th; and theatrically in Los Angeles at the Sundance Sunset on May 15th.
Set in Mexico City over twelve years, benchmarked by the World Cup 2002, 2006 and 2010, the film follows three very disparate lives that intersect as they are impacted by violence and abduction. Lupe (Tenoch Huerta), an idealistic cop, is tasked to investigate a crime ring and finds that justice has no value when a human life has a price. When Susana's (Dolores Heredia) businessman-husband Arturo is taken, she must go outside the law to fight for his release. And Iguana (Kristyan Ferrer) is conflicted as he dreams of becoming a boxer even as he is drawn into a lifestyle that finds him guarding kidnap Victim X (Carlos Bardem) and facing down a criminal mastermind.
Following the Cannes premiere, the film was lauded by critics; The Hollywood Reporter called it;"A breathlessly paced adrenaline rush that keeps the action rolling non-stop. An exceptional tech work that gives the film plenty of energy and excitement. Days of Grace is likely to take Gout a long way." And Variety wrote, "A harbinger of [future] cult film status."
The film was released theatrically in Mexico on 200 screens in April 2012. Rolling Stone Mexico called it, "The best Mexican film of this generation." The team was awarded Ariel?« awards for: Best First Work, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Sound, Best Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Production Design. It has had subsequent releases in France, United Kingdom, Hungary, and Sweden.