Hochelaga, Land of Souls

Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes

FRANÇOIS GIRARD
Canada, 2017
100 minutes, Color
Official website

When a sinkhole opens beneath a downtown Montreal stadium, revealing long-buried artifacts, archeologist Baptiste Asigny and a research team believe 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. Weaving together past and present, the film visits and revisits Hochelaga through the centuries. It takes us back to the village in 1267, centuries before it was colonized, to the arrival of Cartier (Vincent Perez) and its violent disruptions; to a deadly epidemic that hit a young Montreal in 1687; to the turmoil of the Lower Canada Rebellion in 1837; and to a pioneering moment in neurology in 1944. The epic narrative offers a kaleidoscopic take on history that prompts timely reflection on the role of origin, identity, and place in shaping the soul of a nation.—Toronto International Film Festival

In French, Mohawk and English with English subtitles

Wednesday's screening will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Quebec Government Office in Washington

Co-presented with the Quebec Bureau Washington

Hochelaga, Land of Souls

Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes

FRANÇOIS GIRARD
Canada, 2017
100 minutes, Color
Official website

When a sinkhole opens beneath a downtown Montreal stadium, revealing long-buried artifacts, archeologist Baptiste Asigny and a research team believe 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. Weaving together past and present, the film visits and revisits Hochelaga through the centuries. It takes us back to the village in 1267, centuries before it was colonized, to the arrival of Cartier (Vincent Perez) and its violent disruptions; to a deadly epidemic that hit a young Montreal in 1687; to the turmoil of the Lower Canada Rebellion in 1837; and to a pioneering moment in neurology in 1944. The epic narrative offers a kaleidoscopic take on history that prompts timely reflection on the role of origin, identity, and place in shaping the soul of a nation.—Toronto International Film Festival

In French, Mohawk and English with English subtitles

Wednesday's screening will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Quebec Government Office in Washington

Co-presented with the Quebec Bureau Washington


Wednesday, April 25
6:00 PM
$14.00
Saturday, April 28
6:30 PM
$14.00

Office of Quebec

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