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Canada has chosen director Francois Girard's Hochelaga, Land of Souls as its contender for consideration in the best foreign-language film Oscar category.
Canada's national Oscar selection committee, led by Telefilm Canada, unveiled its pick Monday at a press conference in Montreal.
Canada in recent years has had nominations in the »
- Etan Vlessing
One of Canada’s most revered filmmakers, known for The Red Violin and Silk, François Girard stopped by Deadline’s Toronto Studio to discuss his latest epic project, Hochelaga, Land of Souls, alongside actor Vincent Perez. Spanning 750 years of Montreal’s history, the film pays tribute to the filmmaker’s homeland, which he had somehow shot little of on prior projects. “I do have a tremendous affection for Montreal. I lived most of my life in Montreal, that's my hometown… »
French-Canadian writer-director François Girard’s sixth feature over nearly three decades — during which he’s also worked extensively in other media — “Hochelaga, Land of Souls” proves a worthy return to the strengths and ambitions of “Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould” and “The Red Violin.” Like those two earlier art-house successes, “Hochelaga” is trickily structured and flamboyantly staged almost to a self-conscious fault, but nonetheless likewise rewards with a rich cinematic banquet. In this case the menu sprawls across some eight centuries of Quebec history, tying together present and various pasts through the framing device of a modern-day archaeological dig.
The national specificity of this subject may result in more limited commercial exposure than Girard’s prior successes have enjoyed, but if any movie is going to lure international audiences in for a Canadian history lesson, this is it.
The somewhat overly-showy opening movement involves both the gruesome aftermath of a 13th-century Native Peoples battle, and »
- Dennis Harvey
In “Hochelaga, Land of Souls,” one of more than two dozen Canadian features unspooling at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, Quebec filmmaker Francois Girard traverses 750 years of history by staying in one spot — a Montreal football stadium that could be the site of an historic Iroquois village. “It’s about the recollection and relationships of the different people that have met in that place, from the First Peoples to the Europeans to us,” veteran Montreal producer Roger Frappier says of “Hochelaga,” which had its world premiere on the Gala screen Saturday night. Seville Intl. is selling. Frappier says Girard (whose 1998 film “The Red Violin” won an original score Oscar) began working with pioneering American minimalist composer Terry Riley and son Gyan Riley on music from the earliest draft of the script three years ago. “Francois has been staging operas at places like the Met, and he really is a master of musical language in everything he does »
- Jennie Punter
Exclusive: Canadian sales outfit is representing the project at the Efm.
Seville International arrives at the European Film Market (Efm) with international rights to a feel-good documentary about competitive poultry shows.
Slavko Martinov’s Pecking Order follows members of the Christchurch Poultry, Pigeon and Bantam Club as they strive to overcome internecine warfare and triumph at the New Zealand National Poultry Show.
“This out-of-the-box, hilarious project is pure fun for me and the team at Seville,” said Seville International senior vice-president of international Sales Anick Poirier.
“We are so excited to work with Slavko to bring this creative ‘flockumentary’ to the world and show audiences just how to ruffle some feathers. Buyers will flock.”
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Shooting underway in Montreal on historical drama features Vincent Perez and French-Canadian rapper Samian.
Hochelaga spans 750 years and five stories set on the site of Montreal that link an Iroquoian massacre in 1267, Jacques Cartier’s first voyage in 1535, the purple fever epidemic in 1687, the Patriots uprising in 1837 and brain surgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute in 1944.
Seville International senior vice-president of international sales Poirier described the project as “a sweeping, beautiful and unique story that we’re excited to launch in Berlin and bring to audiences »
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[Happy Monday, readers! With the 2017 Sundance Film Festival beginning later this week, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the great midnight movies that have come out of the fest over the years. Be sure to check back each day this week for more Midnight Memories from Daily Dead!]
The Sundance Film Festival has hosted the premieres of many a great genre offering; from Lucky McKee’s May in 2002 to Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead in 2014, the festival spotlights genre work by turns impactful, thoughtful, or just delightful. And many of the films’ backstories are often as inspired as the work itself. Case in point: Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun, which premiered January 21st, 2011 at Sundance, and is still as fun to watch as its journey to the screen is fascinating.
Back in 2007, when Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino were set to release Grindhouse (their double feature love letter to exploitation cinema), they announced a contest for fake exploitation trailers to go along with ones already filmed by established filmmakers such as Edgar Wright and Rob Zombie.
Canadian filmmaking aspirant Eisener (who has gone on to helm segments for The ABCs of Death »
- Scott Drebit
7 items from 2017
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