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Run Time: 100 minutes
During a football game at Molson Stadium in Montréal, a player is killed when a portion of the field collapses. Mohawk archeologist Baptiste Asigny is brought in to excavate the sinkhole. There is evidence to suggest this may be a site of great historic importance as Baptiste believes this could be where the lost village of Hochelaga was located. Centuries before, a descendant of Baptiste’s was a survivor of a massacre that occurred there. As the digging proceeds, a haunting tale is unearthed, one that links the fates of many peoples and many nations. The beautiful storytelling of HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS moves backward and forward across the centuries. Families and cultures intricately weave through the generations to create a stunning tapestry of chance and destiny. The more Baptiste uncovers his story, the more we find he is uncovering ours as well. We all sail on the River of Time, and this mystical and gorgeous film is a journey that will reward every mind and spirit that takes it. (In English, Mohawk, and French with subtitles) —C.R.
HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS was selected as Canada’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards®.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 05, 2018 at 7:15 PM
Friday, April 06, 2018 at 5:20 PM
International Narrative Competition
François Girard was born in Quebec in 1963. Best known for his filmmaking, Girard has also directed a number of plays and operas including Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera. He also wrote and directed two Cirque du Soleil shows: Zed and Zarkana. As a film director, he has received numerous awards, including an Academy Award® for “The Red Violin” in 2000.
Cargo (1990), Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993) - CIFF18, Souvenirs d'Othello (1995), Bach Cello Suite #2: The Sound of Carceri (1997), The Red Violin (1998), Silk (2007), Boychoir (2014), HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS (2017)
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