The Calgary International Film Festival and Telefilm Canada celebrate the release of HYENA ROAD, the latest film from Canadian Director Paul Gross. Paul Gross, along with cast member Rossif Sutherland, will be in attendance. Screening to be followed by a party at Workshop Kitchen + Culture.
The latest war film by Canadian actor/director/writer Paul Gross (PASSCHENDAELE) takes on the war in Afghanistan.
Telling three unique stories set in a land torn apart by conflict, HYENA ROAD stars Gross as an intelligence officer, along with Rossif Sutherland (BACKCOUNTRY), Allan Hawco (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) and Christine Horne (STORIES WE TELL) as Canadian military personnel on the ground.
The upbeat camaraderie juxtaposed with devastating battle scenes and b-roll that Gross shot while in Afghanistan truly captures the reality of warfare. Although Canadian audiences are not unfamiliar with the modern-day war genre due to the recent popularity of American military films such as AMERICAN SNIPER and ZERO DARK THIRTY, these stories are rarely told from a Canadian perspective.
The script for HYENA ROAD - named after a highway to Kandahar built by the Canadian and American militaries - is largely based on interviews with soldiers during Gross’ two-week expedition to a military base near Kandahar City, just prior to Canada’s withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
Much like 2008’s PASSCHENDAELE, HYENA ROAD is likely to be one of Canada’s biggest and most talked about films of the year.