Passchendaele to screen for Canadian troops in Kandahar

    Paul Gross' epic film to be screened in Canada House at Kandahar Airfield
    prior to October 17th release

    OTTAWA, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - Today, at the Ottawa premiere of the epic war
film PASSCHENDAELE, writer, director, star Paul Gross announced that the film
will be presented at a special advance screening for Canadian troops stationed
in Kandahar prior to its national theatrical release on Friday, October 17th.
The screening in Kandahar is scheduled for Friday, October 3rd.
    "It has taken an uncommonly long time to bring this movie to the big
screen but we are finally able to present it to the Canadian public and in
some small way pay homage to the sacrifice of our forefathers in the Great War
of 1914-1918," says Gross. "It seems fitting that the troops who today so
valiantly serve our country are among the first to see it."
    In making the film, a group of soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces
participated as background actors. To add to the authenticity, the soldiers
choreographed the battle scenes themselves, and then camped out on set in lieu
of staying at hotels provided by the production. They named their camp "Camp
Hornberg" in honour of Corporal Nathan Hornberg, a 24-year-old mechanic from
the King's Own Calgary Regiment, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
    Today's Ottawa screening launches a national PASSCHENDAELE tour,
incorporating stops in Winnipeg (Oct. 2), Halifax (Oct. 6), Montreal (Oct. 7),
Quebec City (Oct. 8), Edmonton (Oct. 9), Calgary (Oct. 15) and Vancouver (Oct.
16). Gross will introduce the film across the country appearing with fellow
actors Caroline Dhavernas, Joe Dinicol and Meredith Bailey in several cities.
In addition to eager fans and moviegoers, government officials, war veterans
and other military personnel will be in attendance at all exclusive premieres.
    PASSCHENDAELE had its world premiere on September 4, 2008 as the opening
night gala at the Toronto International Film Festival. It will be released
across Canada by Alliance Films on October 17th.
    The website for the film is
    Set during the height of the First World War, PASSCHENDAELE tells the
story of Sergeant Michael Dunne (Paul Gross), a soldier who is brutally
wounded in France and returns to Calgary emotionally and physically scarred.
While in the military hospital in Calgary, he meets Sarah (Caroline
Dhavernas), a mysterious and attractive nurse with whom he develops a
passionate love. When Sarah's younger asthmatic brother David (Joe Dinicol)
signs up to fight in Europe, Michael feels compelled to return to protect him.
Like thousands of Canadians, Michael and David are sent to fight in the third
battle of Ypres, a battle against impossible odds, commonly known as
"Passchendaele". It is a story of passion, courage and dedication, showing the
heroism of those that fought in battle, and the ones that loved them.
    Starring Paul Gross (Due South, Men With Brooms, Slings & Arrows) and
Caroline Dhavernas (Breach, Hollywoodland), PASSCHENDAELE is written and
directed by Paul Gross, produced by Niv Fichman, Rhombus Media; Frank
Siracusa, Whizbang Films; and Francis Damberger, Damberger Film And Cattle
    The project was made possible by the generous support of the Alberta
Government, Telefilm Canada, The Dominion Institute, The Movie Network, Movie
Central, The Harold Greenberg Fund and the Canwest MediaWorks. The production
also received generous support from numerous private investors as well as
sponsorship from CIBC and The 10th Battalion Calgary Highlanders Association.

    Alliance Films is a leading distributor of motion pictures in Canada,
with motion picture distribution operations in the United Kingdom and Spain.
The Company distributes filmed entertainment to theatres, on DVD, online and
to television broadcasters. Alliance Films holds the Canadian distribution
rights to the productions of leading independent studios, including New Line
Cinema, Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, Overture Films, A Bigger Boat,
Grosvenor Park and Relativity Media.

For further information:

For further information: Carrie Wolfe, Vice President, Publicity &
Promotion, Alliance Films, (416) 309-4233, (416) 738-5565 (cell)

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