Samian, Vincent Perez, Raoul Trujillo, Wahiakeron Gilbert, Emmanuel Schwartz, Tanaya Beatty
Country of Origin
Director of Photography: Nicolas Bolduc
Editor: Gaétan Huot
Produced by: Roger Frappier
Music: Gyan Riley, Terry Riley
Screenplay by: François Girard
Production Designer: François Séguin
Sound Production: Claude Beaugrand
François Girard is noted for his filmmaking and his staging of operas and theatre plays. He is a three-time winner of the Herald Angel Award for Best Production at the Edinburgh Festival. His films include Silk, Boychoir and The Red Violin. He directed the opera Oedipus Rex / Symphony of Psalms by Stravinsky and Cocteau and, for the stage, Girard directed Novecento, Waiting for Godot and Parsifal.
Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes)
Part of the Focus on Canada Strand
French-Canadian writer-director François Girard’s ambitious and beautifully sprawling new film (only his sixth in nearly three decades) spans three centuries of Quebecois history. Starting out with an archaeological dig in a contemporary sports stadium, the film soon spirals back to the 17th century and a romance between a young Algonquin woman and a French trapper, before merging into the rebellions of 1837, when French patriots fought to escape the English redcoats. Hochelaga is a wonderfully structured historical fantasia rich with depth and ambition.