It is the fourth time an Arcand film has been selected. The latest, 2004's The Barbarian Invasions, won the Oscar.
The previous films were 1989's Jesus Of Montreal and 1986's The Decline Of The American Empire. Decline, Invasions and Days Of Darkness form a trilogy; all three made it to the Academy short-list of nominees in their respective years. Last year's Canadian submission, Deepa Mehta's Water, also made the shortlist.
The film was selected from a pool of ten eligible films submitted by producers by a voting pool of 25 persons representing major industry associations and government agencies.