Full Trailer for Canuck Oscar Bid 'Hochelaga'

The full trailer is out for Canada's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission Hochelaga, Land of Souls was released over the weekend. This sweeping epic from François Girard (The Red Violin) charts the history of human activity from pre-contact days to present on a single site in Montreal. The new images from the film highlight the breathtaking scope of Hochelaga and its impressive production values, as well as the themes of diversity and history that may play well with voters. Hochelaga has its US premiere next month at AFI Fest alongside fellow contenders such as Happy End, On Body and Soul, and In the Fade.

Synopsis: A tremendous downpour hits Montreal, and a spectacular sinkhole opens up in Percival-Molson Stadium in the middle of a football game. The stadium is evacuated, and a few hours later, it becomes a protected archaeological site. Centuries of history are revealed beneath the field. Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny begins investigating, and he will discover the multitude of generations who have occupied this land, each with buried secrets. Baptiste then sets out to find what he has spent his career searching for: the vestiges of the village of Hochelaga where his Iroquoian ancestors met French explorer Jacques Cartier in October 1535. Hochelaga, Land of Souls explores 750 years of history in one single spot where the souls of all centuries and all cultures come together.

Hochelaga opens in Canada on January 19, 2018. Read the review of Hochelaga here.