Hochelaga, Land of Souls – Terre des âmes

Genre History
Director François Girard
Screenplay François Girard
Starring Raoul Trujillo, Tanaya Beatty, David La Haye
Length 100 min
Country Canada
US release CT Premiere

Saturday, April 28 – 11:15 AM to 1:10 PM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Greenwich, CT

Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny engages in a search for his ancestors following a tragic collapse of earth in the Percival Molson Stadium. Baptiste and his research team believe that they are on the brink of linking the site to the Iroquois village of Hochelaga, the probable location of the meeting between Jacques Cartier and the Iroquois people in 1535. This film is a grand fresco of 750 years of Montreal history.

Note on Montréal: Hochelaga was a St. Lawrence Iroquoian 16th century fortified village near Mount Royal in present-day Montréal, Québec, Canada

Canadian Screen Awards, Canada
Best Cinematography: Nicolas Bolduc
Best Sound: Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl
Best Art Direction/Production Design: François Séguin
Best Visual Effects: Alain Lachance, Yann Jouannic, Hugo Léveillé, Nadège Bozetti, Antonin Messier-Turcotte, Thibault Deloof, Francis Bernard.

FOCUS ON Francois Girard – Director
Francois Girard is a French-Canadian director and screenwriter. He was born in Québec and started his career on the Montreal art video circuit. He produced his first feature, Cargo, in 1990. He received international recognition with his Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould, a piano prodigy (1993). In 1998 he wrote The Red Violin, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Score as well as 8 Genie Awards and 8 Jutra Awards.

“The symphonic ambition that can make Girard’s vision occasionally seem affected or simplistic also has a certain undeniable splendor, one amply served by his superb design and tech collaborators. Particularly notable are the subtle yet spectacular CGI effects that bring to life entire vistas (like a huge Iroquois village) that existed before Montreal itself; and a diverse, beautiful score by the great American composer Terry Riley and his son Gyan.”