1hr 17mins

The harrowing 1989 École Polytechnique school shooting tragedy is dramatised in this unflinching 2009 black-and-white cinematic testimony from Denis Villeneuve.


This film is screening as part of our Denis Villeneuve season. To see our full retrospective click here.


Unfortunately no Audio Description track is available for this feature.
Denis Villeneuve Season
Denis Villeneuve
Strong violence, injury detail, language
French, English

December 6th, 1989. The snowy city of Montreal becomes the scene of cruel devastation, as a misogynistic killer (Maxim Gaudette) arrives at the Polytechnique engineering school with a rifle.

The unimaginable events which followed would come to be known as the ‘Montreal Massacre’ – represented here through the perspective of the killer and student witnesses Jean-François (Sébastien Huberdeau) and Valérie (Karine Vanasse).

An uncompromising watch, Polytechnique is the most controversial of Denis Villeneuve’s ouevre for its blunt depiction of a real-life school shooting.

Nevertheless, the mastery of his craft is evident in this experiential grappling with traumatic Canadian history – boldly restaged and presented in stark black-and-white cinematography.

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