Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Alliance Française de Manille’s Cine Club Wednesday presents: Polytechnique on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 8:30 p.m. Admission is free!

Polytechnique is a 2009 Canadian film from Quebec written by Jacques Davidts and Denis Villeneuve and directed by Denis Villeneuve. The film stars Martin Watier, Maxim Gaudette, Sébastien Huberdeau, Karine Vanasse, Evelyne Brochu and Pierre-Yves Cardinal.

Set in Montreal, Quebec and based on the École Polytechnique massacre (also known as the Montreal Massacre), the film documents the events of December 6, 1989, through the eyes of two students who witness a gunman murder fourteen young women. The film was released on February 6, 2009, in Quebec and on March 20, 2009, in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Its release has sparked controversy in Quebec.

The film was screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2009.

During a class a young man enters a classroom with a rifle. He orders the men to leave and the women to stay. They comply after he shoots into the ceiling to show that he is serious. He tells the women that he hates feminists. Although the women deny being feminists; he shoots at them killing some and wounding others. He then moves through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, specifically targeting women. Once finished, he shoots himself with his own weapon.

The film jumps back and forth in time several times. It shows male student Jean-François who was ordered to leave the classroom. He does not just flee but he returns to try to stop the killer and/or help the victims. Valérie and Stéphanie, two surviving women, play dead thinking the killer returned, though Stephanie later dies of her injuries. Some time after the massacre Jean-François, feeling guilty for complying with the order to leave the classroom and abandoning the women, commits suicide.


“Filmé avec respect et sensibilité, Polytechnique est un film fort qui possède plusieurs plans magnifiques, procurés par une photographie en noir et blanc de premier ordre.”

The film, which is 1 hour and 16 minutes long, will be shown in its original version with English subtitles.

Film screenings are subject to changes without prior notice. Entrance is free but on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations.

Alliance Française de Manille is located at 209 Nicanor Garcia Street (formerly Reposo Street), Bel-Air 2, Makati City.

For inquiries, you may call 895-7585 / 895-7441.

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