*With the presentation of Kitty Aal
A stark dramatization of a real-life mass shooting in Montreal, Canada told from the point of view of two students. In 1989 a disturbed young man, believing feminism was his enemy, murdered several female engineering students. The film coolly shows the act as it unfolds as well as the philosophical and psychological effects on survivors and witnesses. The story is more about the heartbreak and agony in the face of senseless slaughter than with trying to understand such a crime. The luminous black and white in which the film is shot is sobering, but also accentuates the stirring gestures of human dignity.
Genie Awards - Best Motion Picture; Best Director; Best Original Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Editing; Best Actress; Best Supporting Actor; Best Overall Sound; Best Sound Editing
Jutra Awards - Best Director; Best Cinematography; Best Sound; Best Editing; Best Supporting Actor
Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film - Best Cinematography
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards - Best Canadian Film
23rd Festival on Wheels
If You Knew Your Fate, Would You Live It Anyway? - Two Exceptional Films by Denis Villeneuve