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76 Minutes – Drama, Black & White
Release date: February 6, 2009
DVD Release date: August 25, 2009
Canadian distributor: Alliance VivaFilm


This film was inspired by these real events: On December 6, 1989, twenty-five year old Marc Lepine, armed with a legally obtained semi-automatic rifle and a hunting knife, walked into L’école Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec. He shot twenty-eight people, killing fourteen and injuring the other fourteen before killing himself. He began his attack by entering a classroom at the university, where he separated the male and female students. After claiming that he was “fighting feminism”, he shot all nine women in the room, killing six. He then moved through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, specifically targeting women to shoot. He killed fourteen women and injured four men and ten women in just under twenty minutes before turning the gun on himself. The film, Polytechnique, documents that specific day through the eyes of two students, Valérie and Jean-François, whose lives were forever changed by the events of that day in December 1989.

Trailer and poster courtesy of Alliance Vivafilm

Also see: Northernstars reviews the DVD of Polytechnique.



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Crew:
Producer:

Maxime Rémillard
Don Carmody

Executive Producer:

André Rouleau
Julien Rémillard

Director:

Denis Villeneuve

Screenwriter:

Jacques Davidts

Cinematographer:

Pierre Gil

Editor:

Richard Comeau

Composer:

Benoît Charest

Cast:Roles:


Maxim Gaudette
Sébastien Huberdeau
Karine Vanasse
Nathalie Girard
Marina Eva
Evelyne Brochu
Johanne-Marie Tremblay
Jonathan Dubsky
Pierre-Yves Cardinal
Mathieu Handfield
Pierre-Xavier Martel



Marc Lépine
Jean-François
Valérie
Injured student
Student at the party
Stéphanie
Mother of Jean-François
Frightened Student
Éric

Security Guard