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Hochelaga, Land of Souls

On a summer night a sinkhole opens during a game in a downtown Montreal stadium, revealing long-buried artifacts. Mohawk 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 French explorer Jacques Cartier and the Iroquois people in 1535. We visit Hochelaga through the centuries—from the original village in 1267, centuries before it was colonized—through key events that fashioned a modern city. This year’s Canadian Oscar submission offers a kaleidoscopic take on history that prompts reflection on the role of origin, identity, and place in shaping the soul of a nation. In French with English subtitles.

Filmography: Boychoir (2014), Silk (2007), The Red Violin (1998), Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)

Reviews: Variety, Hollywood Reporter

Interviews: Deadline (video)