Trench 11 is finally getting a wider release (see below for theatres) and will play in select theatres across Canada for a week, starting August 31st. This period film is set during World War I and plays with a common fear many soldiers had in the trenches. Chemical weapons was used. Those who died from mustard gas has a lot more to face in this film which also includes secret Nazi experiments not only into the occult but also in wanting to win this terrible war.
Berton (Rossif Sutherland) is a tunneller and his skills are needed to get at an abandoned German base. They failed to completely destroy it, forever locking their secrets, and this movie is a race between two sides to either find its secrets or to forever seal whatever’s lurking inside forever.
French Canadian actress Karine Vanasse (The Forbidden Room, Polytechnique), Charlie Carrick (Reign), Shaun Benson (ARQ, Channel Zero), and Ted Atherton (River) stars in this work. To represent this war of attrition, award-winning German actor Robert Stadlober (Crazy, Summer Storm) plays Reiner, a mad prophet perhaps rivalling Rasputin and believes a huge cleansing is in order. This foreshadowing of a future German leader can not go unnoticed.
Trench 11 is a passion project for director Leo Scherman, best known for co-creating the Gemini-winning series Cock’d Gunns. With Matthew Booi (Civil War Chronicles), they worked on this film since 2011, and made use of locales in Winnipeg to recreate the front lines of war-torn 1918 France. Also involved are
Production Designer Chad Giesbrecht (Goon), Director of photography Dylan Macleod (He Hated Pigeons) and Make-up SFX designer Francois Dagenais (The Witch, Dawn of the Dead), and Michael Munn (Stories We Tell, Owning Mahowney).
Together, this team has crafted a very beautiful looking period piece which certainly dives into these gullies and prove how claustrophobia can develop. Fortunately, these bunkers are not as dark and dank as they seem to be. In what Berton and his team discover and have to fight, the evil they have to fight is very real. When considering medical science is not like what it is today, to see a cadaver dissection is not without a few wincing moments. To discover what the Nazi’s were up to, it’s best to see this work as it makes it way to additional screenings and its eventual a home market release, where the featurettes can tell more. In Trench 11, it’s not wise to go in alone.
This film was made possible with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada, Bell Media’s The Harold Greenburg Fund, Manitoba Film and Music and the Cogeco Fund.
Toronto – Cineplex Yonge & Dundas
Montreal – Cineplex Latin Quarter
Côte Saint-Luc – Cineplex Odeon Cavendish Mall
Vancouver – Cineplex Park Theatre
Winnipeg – Cineplex Odeon McGillivray
Calgary – Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire
Halifax – Cineplex Cinemas Parklane
Ottawa – The Mayfair Cinema
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