Starring Roy Dupuis as the Canadian general rendered powerless to prevent the Rwandan genocide, the C$15m production opened on September 28 on nearly 100 screens, of which 47 showed the French-dubbed version. Dupuis, star of top-grossing French-language titles such as Maurice Richard (The Rocket), is a major box office draw in his home province.
Shake Hands With The Devil world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by screenings at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, where Dupuis won the Best Actor prize, and the Sudbury International Film Festival, where the film won the award for Best Canadian Film.
Calling it 'a necessary film on a difficult topic', Seville Pictures co-president David Reckziegel said in a statement, 'Its success shows that Canada produces quality films that are able to find audiences. We have always had confidence in the film, and are delighted that Canadian audiences have embraced the film in large numbers.'
The film goes on DVD release January 29, 2008.