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25,000 caribou in downtown Montréal
Montreal, January 30, 2001
Famous Players presents an exclusive: the new IMAX® film
Montréal, January 30, 2001In an exclusive Canadian
premiere, the IMAX® film Great North, produced and distributed
by TVA International, will be showing at the Paramount Montréal
IMAX® theatre from February 9 to June 2001. The film will be
presented in its original English version (Great North) and in French
Great North (www.great-north.com) is a large-format IMAX® film,
the beauty of which won over critics and audiences alike during
recent screenings in Montreal at the World Film Festival, and in
London and Los Angeles. The film was hailed by the Montreal daily
newspaper La Presse as probably the most beautiful film every
made about the North (
) a masterpiece of cinematography.
Great North introduces Inuit peoples living in harmony with the
harsh elements of the Canadian Arctic, within the worlds largest
herd of migratory mammals: the caribou, and also describes the way
of life of the Saami culture of Northern Sweden.
Filming of Great North, which began in Québec in the fall
of 1998 North of the 55th Parallel, wrapped up in the fall of 1999,
with post-production ending in May 2000. The production team also
filmed in Sweden, above the Arctic Circle. A powerful tribute to
the Inuit culture, Great North is also a valuable record supported
by stunning land and aerial images, as well as by a dramatic original
soundtrack by Violaine Corradi. The unique experience of large-format
screen projections take viewers on an odyssey through majestic polar
regions, whose rarely seen wealth of fauna and nature command respect
and wonder. Thanks to the IMAX® process, Great North captures
the essence of the Arctic polar circle, one of the planets
least explored territories.
Great North is produced and directed by Montrealer Martin J. Dignard,
with directors of photography Dominique Gentil and David De Volpi.
Great North is edited by James Lahti (associate producer) and written
by Georges-Hébert Germain and David Homel. Executive producers
are André Picard (well-known as the producer of several IMAX®
films such as Rolling Stones at the Max the first large format
feature film as well as Titanica and Fires of Kuwait, and
as co-producer of the 3D IMAX® film on the Cirque du Soleil
Journey of Man) and Desirée Edmar of the Swedish Museum
of Natural History.
Great North is a presentation of Hydro-Québec, in association
with the Swedish Museum of Natural History and Japans Imagica
Corporation. Sponsored in part by Falconbridge Limited, Tourisme
Québec, and the Nunavik Tourism Association, Great North
was produced with the participation of the Québec Film and
Television Tax Credit, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax
Credit, the Wild Zoo of Saint-Félicien, Chlorophylle,
and First Air.
TVA International Inc., founded in 1997, is a subsidiary of the
TVA Group. In May 2000, the TVA Group and Capital Communications
CDPQ, a subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement
du Québec, acquired Motion International, a world leader
in the production and distribution of films and TV programming.
As part of this transaction, the TVA Group integrated its wholly
owned subsidiary TVA International with Motions international
production and distribution operations. TVA Internationals
head office is located in Montréal, with offices in Toronto
and Los Angeles.
IMAX® is a registered Trademark of Imax Corporation, Mississauga
Vice-President, Marketing and Communications