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Hurt, Crewson on ‘Arbour’

True story of Supreme Court of Canada judge

TORONTO — A biopic about a Canadian human-rights crusader, starring William Hurt, Wendy Crewson, John Corbett and Leslie Hope, has begun lensing in Montreal.

The $5.5 million Canadian-German co-production, “The Louise Arbour Story,” is directed by Charles Biname, who helmed Canuck B.O. hit “Seraphin: un homme et son peche.”

Crewson (“Sex Traffic”) stars as Louise Arbour, a Supreme Court of Canada judge. As chief war crimes prosecutor at the Intl. Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at the Hague, Arbour indicted Slobodan Milosevic for genocide and crimes against humanity, the first indictment of an active head of state.

This year, Time magazine named Arbour one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

The two-hour TV movie will shoot in Montreal until mid-November and then head to Germany and Holland. Filming will wrap Dec. 10.

Producers are Francine Allaire (“Dr. Lucille: The Lucille Teasdale Story,”) and Anne Marie LaTraverse (“Lucky Girl”) of Montreal’s Galafilm, and Christine Ruppert of Germany’s Tatfilm.

Executive producers are Allaire, LaTraverse and Arnie Gelbart (“Cirque de Soleil Fire Within”). Ian and Riley Adams (“Agent of Influence”) and Michelle Lovretta (“Instant Star,”) wrote the screenplay.

The Canadian broadcaster is CTV as part of its Heroes, Champions and Villains programming strand. No broadcast date has been set. German broadcasters are ARTE and WDR.

L.A.-based PorchLight Entertainment will distribute internationally.

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