Based on true events that occurred on December 6, 1989 at Montreal’s Polytechnique School, the movie relates the events of that day through the eyes of two students, Valerie and Jean-Francois, whose lives were changed forever when a young man entered the school with one purpose in mind: to kill himself and take as many women as possible with him.

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Direction: Denis Villeneuve
Script: Jacques Davidts, with the collaboration of Denis Villeneuve, Eric Leca
Cinematography: Pierre Gill
Editing: Richard Comeau
Sound: Stephane Bergeron
Music: Benoit Charest
Actors: Karine Vanasse (Valerie), Sebastien Huberdeau (Jean-Francois), Maxim Gaudette (the killer)
Production: Remstar Productions Inc., Canada T. +1 514 847 1136 F. +1 514 847 0019 nbb@remstarcorp.com www.remstarcorp.com & Don Carmody Productions, Canada
Producers: Maxime Remillard, Don Carmody
Costumes: Annie Dufort
Production Design: Martin Tessier
Format: 35mm B&W
Production Country: Canada
Production Year: 2008
Duration: 82'
Contact: Wild Bunch, France T. +33 1 5301 5032 F. +33 1 5301 5049 edevos@wildbunch.eu www.wildbunch.biz

Denis Villeneuve

His first film, Un 32 aout sur terre, played at thirty-five international film festivals, most notably Cannes, Telluride, and Toronto, and was Canada’s submission in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards. His second feature, Maelstrom, won twenty-five international prizes, including the prestigious International Critics’ Prize (FISPRECI) at the Berlin FF in 2001. Next Floor, his most recent film, took home the prize for Best Short Film during Critics’ Week at the 2008 Cannes FF. Polytechnique participated in this years’ Director’s Fortnight.


1988 La Course destination monde (TV)
1994 REW-FFWD (short)
1998 Un 32 aout sur terre/August 32nd on Earth
2000 Maelstrom
2006 120 Seconds to Get Elected (short)
2008 Next Floor (short)
2009 Polytechnique