A Few Days in September (Quelques Jours en Septembre) is the first film directed by Santiago Amigorena, who previously wrote screenplays for films by Cédric Klapisch and Catherine Breillat among others. The film premiered out of competition at the 2006 Venice Film Festival and received a special screening at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.
September the 1st, 2001. Elliot, an American C.I.A. agent holding top secret information on the immediate future of the world, disappears. His sole aim was to meet his daughter Orlando (Forestier), whom he abandoned ten years before. Irène (Binoche), a French agent who used to work with him, and David (Riley), his adoptive son, will help him and lead the girl to her father. Chased by William Pound (Turturro), a strangely poetic psycho, they will defy the dangers of international espionage from Paris to Venice and finally get to Elliot on September the 11th 2001.
US and UK Distribution
films released the movie on DVD in the US in 2007, fledgling distributor Transmedia Pictures gave the film a limited release in the UK and Ireland, releasing the film on 14th September 2007. As yet there has been no UK DVD release. Aztec International released the film in Australia, licensing the DVD rights to Madman Films.
In September 2007 French language TV station TV5
broadcast a reduced version of the film, running at 90 minutes - 22 minutes shorter than the original French theatrical version. This version begins on September 6th 2001 when Irène brings Orlando and David to her apartment, removing the opening scene on Orlando's farm and the aborted hotel meeting with Elliot. As such it removes September 5th from the narrative. When the film was released in Portugal in November 2006 it had a slightly longer running time. A number of extra scenes were included in this version at producer Paolo Branco's request. This version opens with Irène in her apartment receiving a letter from Elliot. It also includes scenes of Orlando target practicing on her farm and of Irène and William Pound sitting in his truck reminiscing on their shared history.