Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes)
Part of the Focus on Canada Strand
Samian, Vincent Perez, Raoul Trujillo, Wahiakeron Gilbert, Emmanuel Schwartz, Tanaya Beatty
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.
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.