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Back to Battle: Talking to Paul Gross about Hyena Road

9 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Looking at Paul Gross’s two most recent films as writer-director, 2008’s World War I drama Passchendaele and this month’s Afghanistan pic Hyena Road, you might think he has a master plan; some reason he’s made two military movies in a row. That’s not the case.

“After doing Passchendaele I had no interest in ever doing another war film because they’re just so phenomenally difficult to execute,” he says over the phone from his Toronto home.

Gross, whose big break as an actor came playing Constable Benton Fraser on TV’s "Due South" in the 1990s, was asked to go to Afghanistan to visit the Canadian troops in 2010. Once there, he realized there was a story he wanted to tell.

“It was just mesmerizing to me, I’ve been in a lot of weird places, but never in an active war zone. It was so complicated and so strange, »

- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine

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Paul Gross and cast shed light on the Canadian war story in Hyena Road

7 October 2015 12:55 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

War Is Hell” was a phrase coined by Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman during the American Civil War. 150 years later that saying still deeply and hauntingly resonates in Paul Gross’s latest war film, Hyena Road.

Gross who is no stranger to war films, effectively swore off the genre after the tribulations of his 2008 film Passchendaele. But after a "meet-the-troops" visit to Afghanistan in 2010, Gross became absorbed in a story often untold – the every day lives of soldiers that aren’t embellished for dramatic effect; the “born to kill” idiom of many of his contemporaries.

After spending time hearing these soldier's tales, Gross felt a calling to present a very real slice of the Canadian military’s efforts in Afghanistan. This wasn't just to use film as a means of educating those who don’t really understand Canada’s role in the war. It was also to give a voice, »

- Rob Lazar

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Constructing Hyena Road with Paul Gross in exclusive behind-the-scenes look

30 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Hyena Road, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, follows the Canadian armed forces in Afghanistan, as they partake in an initiative to increase safe transport across Afghanistan. 

In an exclusive sneak peek at the film, director Paul Gross gives us an inside look at how the set for Hyena Road was constructed. Though the film takes place in Afghanistan, Hyena Road was shot on location in Jordan, where an extremely impressive set emulates what the war would have looked like. 

Paul Gross' previous film, Passchendaele, also took on the topic as it looked at the famous battle in Canadian Wwi history. But with Hyena Road, the director sheds light on Canada’s more recent participation in war with our troops represented on-screen. This has always been overlooked cinematically, but Paul Gross, with Hyena Road, is ensuring that our story is told. »

- Adriana Floridia

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Tiff 2015. Wavelengths, Part Two: The Features

17 September 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Going UNDERGROUNDEverybody and their dog, it seems, feels this off imperative to try to identify common themes in the handful of festival films they (we) (I) see in a given year. It's the Ghost of Hegel, I suppose, demanding that we make sense of our times by referring to some Zeitgeist. (Zeitgeist? Isn't this just as likely to Strand the FilmsWeLike in some oh-so-precious Music Box, to be unearthed years later by members of some as-yet-unassembled Cinema Guild? But I digress.) There may or may not be tendencies running through this year's feature selections, and if there are, that could have as much to do with the people who selected them than with any global mood. But there does seem to be a generalized turning-inward, with filmmakers making works about themselves and their immediate lives, the cinematic process, and the very complexities of communicating with other human beings. There are »

- Michael Sicinski

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Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'

28 July 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tiff 40 to open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal.Scroll down for Galas, Special Presentation line-ups

The 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) will feature first looks for Jay Roach’s blacklisted screenwriter biopic Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston as well as Stephen FrearsLance Armstrong drama with Ben Foster.

Joining The Program on the roster of world premiere Gala screenings are Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure The Martian, Deepa Mehta’s gangster tale Beeba Boys and Kate Winslet Australian drama The Dressmaker.

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Following much speculation, the festival will open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Hyena Road, the anticipated Afghan War film, will also receive a world premiere. Director Paul GrossPasschendaele opened Toronto in 2008.  

Among others there are first public screenings for Julie Delpy’s Lolo as well as two gay rights dramas in the form of Peter Sollett’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Watch the trailer for war drama Hyena Road

8 July 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After tackling World War I with 2008’s Passchendaele, writer-director Paul Gross has now turned his attention to modern warfare for his latest film Hyena Road, and you can check out a trailer below after the official synopsis…

A sniper who has never allowed himself to think of his targets as human, becomes implicated in the life of one. An intelligence officer who has never contemplated killing, becomes the engine of a plot to kill. A legendary Mujahideen warrior who had put war behind him, is now the center of the battle zone. Three different men, three different worlds, three different conflicts – all stand at the intersection of modern warfare – a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems.

Hyena Road is set for release on October 9th.

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- Gary Collinson

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Paul Gross tackles modern warfare in the new Hyena Road trailer

6 July 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The director of what may just be the most famous Canadian war movie has done it again, this time telling the story of modern-day warfare.

Paul Gross directed and starred in 2008’s critically acclaimed Passchendaele, which documented the gruelling and difficult circumstances of World War I. This year will see the release of Hyena Road, another war movie both directed by and starring Gross. Taking place in modern-day Afghanistan, Hyena Road follows three separate men caught up in various aspects of war.

A sniper, an intelligence officer, and a Mujahedeen fighter all take centre stage, finding themselves in morally ambiguous situations that test their values and beliefs. It looks like it’s taking a unique and contemplative look at modern warfare, allowing Gross to explore the more indistinct aspects of 21st century conflict. Rossif Sutherland, Christine Horne, Allan Hawco and Clark Johnson also star.

Catch Hyena Road in Cineplex theatres October 9th, »

- Amanda Wood

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Contenders vie for top Tiff slot

28 May 2015 10:14 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Afghan War film Hyena Road is understood to be among a band of Canadian films in the frame to open the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

Jean-Marc Valleé’s Demolition, Atom Egoyan’s Remember and Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys are also regarded as strong contenders, if ready in time, for the prestigious berth.

While a Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) spokesperson said it ran against policy to comment on speculation prior to the programme announcement and there is no mandate for a Canadian film to open the festival, Canadian industry insiders are feeling bullish that a home-grown film will fly the flag.

And with more than three months to go before the 40th edition begins on September 10, speculation is already mounting that Hyena Road could become the opening night selection, which would mark the second time a film directed by Paul Gross has done so after his First World War drama »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Contenders vie for Toronto opening slot

28 May 2015 10:14 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Afghan War film Hyena Road is understood to be among a band of Canadian films in the frame to open the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

Jean-Marc Valleé’s Demolition, Atom Egoyan’s Remember and Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys are also regarded as strong contenders, if ready in time, for the prestigious berth.

While a Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) spokesperson said it ran against policy to comment on speculation prior to the programme announcement and there is no mandate for a Canadian film to open the festival, Canadian industry insiders are feeling bullish that a home-grown film will fly the flag.

And with more than three months to go before the 40th edition begins on September 10, speculation is already mounting that Hyena Road could become the opening night selection, which would mark the second time a film directed by Paul Gross has done so after his First World War drama »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Contenders vie for Tiff opening slot

28 May 2015 10:14 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Afghan War film Hyena Road is understood to be among a band of Canadian films in the frame to open the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

Jean-Marc Valleé’s Demolition, Atom Egoyan’s Remember and Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys are also regarded as strong contenders, if ready in time, for the prestigious berth.

While a Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) spokesperson said it ran against policy to comment on speculation prior to the programme announcement and there is no mandate for a Canadian film to open the festival, Canadian industry insiders are feeling bullish that a home-grown film will fly the flag.

And with more than three months to go before the 40th edition begins on September 10, speculation is already mounting that Hyena Road could become the opening night selection, which would mark the second time a film directed by Paul Gross has done so after his Wwi drama [link=tt »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Contenders vie for Tiff opening slot

28 May 2015 10:14 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Afghan War film Hyena Road is understood to be among a band of Canadian films in the frame to open the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

Jean-Marc Valleé’s Demolition, Atom Egoyan’s Remember and Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys are also regarded as strong contenders, if ready in time, for the prestigious berth.

While a Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) spokesperson said it ran against policy to comment on speculation prior to the programme announcement and there is no mandate for a Canadian film to open the festival, Canadian industry insiders are feeling bullish that a home-grown film will fly the flag.

And with more than three months to go before the 40th edition begins on September 10, speculation is already mounting that Hyena Road could become the opening night selection, which would mark the second time a film directed by Paul Gross has done so after his Wwi drama [link=tt »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Paul Gross goes down Hyena Road in exclusive trailer for Canadian war drama

8 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

With Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper heading to theatres next week, cinema’s gaze has shifted to the Middle East, as the eighty-four-year-old director and former pretend cowboy partners up with Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) to tell the story of Chris Kyle, the sniper with the most confirmed kills in U.S. military history.

But what about Canada’s soldiers in the Middle East?

Canadian actor, writer, and director Paul Gross follows up on his Wwi drama, 2008’s Passchendaele, with three different stories of modern warfare all in one movie – Hyena Road.

Don’t expect the romanticism of Passchendaele. Gross will be relying on some of his own overseas experience. The actor spent two weeks at an operating base thirty kilometers away from Kandahar City when Canada’s combat mission was nearing its end in Afghanistan. As such, Hyena Road’s script is principally based on interviews he had with »

- Sasha James

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