Released 7 December 2020
Young lives are forever changed when a gunman opens fires in a Canadian school, determined to kill as many women as possible.
A dramatization of the tragic Montreal Massacre, the events of the day are documented through the eyes of two student witnesses and the perpetrator, with the horrors of the carnage leaving a legacy far beyond the shooting itself.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) and shot in stark black-and-white by Pierre Gill, Polytechnique is a profound achievement from one of contemporary cinema’s most original directors.
Presented in High Definition
Includes both the English and French language versions of the film
Polytechnique: Ce qu’il reste du 6 décembre (2019, 52 mins): made for the thirtieth anniversary of the Montréal massacre, Judith Plamondon's documentary gives voice to the survivors and witnesses of the event and is narrated by Karine Vanasse, actress and co-producer of Polytechnique
**FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet featuring a new essay on the film by Jessica Kiang and a look at the career of Denis Villeneuve by Justine Smith
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Young lives are changed for ever when a gunman opens fire in a Canadian engineering school, determined to kill as many women as possible. A dramatisation of the 1989 Montréal massacre, Polytechnique documents events through the eyes of two students and the perpetrator, and explores how the horrors of a single day leave a legacy far beyond the shooting itself.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Sicario) and shot in stark black and white by Pierre Gill, the film is a profound achievement from one of contemporary cinema’s most original directors.
Polytechnique premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and subsequently received honours including nine Genie Awards (now known as the Canadian Screen Awards) including Best Motion Picture.
The film was shot consecutively in French and English, with the actors performing in both languages, resulting in two versions, both of which are presented here.
• Presented in High Definition
• Includes both English and French-language versions of the film
• Polytechnique: Ce qu’il reste du 6 décembre (2019, 52 mins): made for the 30th anniversary of the Montréal massacre, Judith Plamondon’s documentary gives voice to the survivors and witnesses of the tragedy and is narrated by Karine Vanasse, actor and co-producer of Polytechnique
• ***First pressing only*** Illustrated booklet with a Foreword by Denis Villeneuve, essays by Jessica Kiang, Karine Vanasse and Justine Smith, feature credits and credits for the documentary.
RRP: £19.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1407 / 15
Canada / 2009 / black and white / 77 mins / French with English subtitles, and English with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 2.35:1 // BD50: 1080p, 24fps, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit)