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Polytechnique Goes to Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight

He’ll be following last year’s world premiere of his award-winning short film Next Floor, with a showing of his latest feature film in the prestigious la Quinzaine des réalisateurs/a.k.a Cannes’ sidebar Director’s Fortnight. According to Le Devoir who cite “European sources” and not the film’s producers, Denis Villeneuve will be returning to the Croisette (a section that is already familiar to him) with the sobering, expertly detailed and handled Polytechnique, a portrait based on the events of the Montreal University massacre where a gunman executed over a dozen female students.

He’ll be following last year’s world premiere of his award-winning short film Next Floor, with a showing of his latest feature film in the prestigious la Quinzaine des réalisateurs/a.k.a Cannes’ sidebar Director’s Fortnight. According to Le Devoir who cite “European sources” and not the film’s producers, Denis Villeneuve will be returning to the Croisette (a section that is already familiar to him) with the sobering, expertly detailed and handled Polytechnique, a portrait based on the events of the Montreal University massacre where a gunman executed over a dozen female students. Filmed in black and white, with separate language tracks, this is a portrait where the filmmaker’s aim is not about making sense of the gunman’s actions, but rather explores the process of healing. Polytechnique was released in Quebec to glowing reviews, but the distributor unfortunately mishandled the release of the film in English Canada, not thinking of a TIFF launch pad or film festival cred like Cannes before a dismal release. 

 

 

 

 

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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