Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Three Canadian Directors in Competition at Montreal World Film Festival

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Three Canadian Directors in Competition at Montreal World Film Festival

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Three Canadians in contention at Montreal film fest

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MONTREAL - Three Canadians are among the host of international filmmakers in competition at the Montreal World Film Festival which will start Aug. 22.

Quebec directors Alain Chartrand and Mathieu Roy have had their works entered in World competition as Canadian films while Quebecer Christian Duguay's movie is competing as a Canada-France co-production.

Filmmakers from China, Denmark, France, Croatia, the United States, Belgium, Germany, Iran, Italy, Russia and Sweden are also included in the category, which will offer 20 feature films and 11 short movies for consideration for the Grand Prize of the Americas, the festival's highest honour.

Chartrand's "La Maison du pecheur" takes audiences to Quebec's Gaspe region in 1969 and the meeting of four men who would go on to form the Chenier cell of the Front de liberation du Quebec. They would play a key role in the October Crisis a year later.

Chartrand, who was present at Tuesday's news conference announcing the lineup for the festival's 37th edition, said his movie fills in some gaps in the history of the kidnapping crisis that plunged Canada into turmoil.

"There was a hole in this story," said Chartrand. "Here, we're able to understand these guys and why they passed on to direct action at the end of the film."

The group would become famous for the kidnapping and murder of Quebec labour minister Pierre Laporte.

The film opens the festival five months after the death of FLQ terrorist Paul Rose, who is depicted in the film, and was part of the Chenier cell.

Chartrand, son of firebrand labour leader Michel Chartrand, says he hopes the film will rekindle debate about the October Crisis.

"I would like to see us go deeper into this because it's still an enigma," he said. "We think everything's been said about it but I don't think that's the case. …

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