Montreal World Film Festival Preview

The renowned Montreal World Film Festival is celebrating its 29th year and will be presenting a wide variety of films from August 26th to September 5th. This year the MWFF will be screening 342 films, which consists of 180 features, 14 medium length and 148 shorts. Seventy countries will be represented at the festival such as Spain, China, Italy, India, Greece, Australia, The United States and many more.

The main highlight of the festival is the "World Competition" which includes several features such as the world premiere of "Kamataki", a Canadian-Japan co-production, "Itineraires" from France ", "A World Without Thieves" from China and "La Febbre" by Italian director Alessandro D'Alatri. "Red Mercury" starring Stockard Channing is another contender in the competition, a bold film from the United Kingdom dealing with the topic of fanatical terrorism in London.

In other categories, the MWFF offers an interesting selection of films, which include American films like "Alchemy" starring Tom Cavanaugh (from the television show "Ed") and Sarah Chalke (from the popular television program "Scrubs"). "11:59" follows the story of a TV photojournalist who suddenly wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings and must figure out what happened to him within the last 24 hours. Other titles include "London" starring Jessica Biel and Leelee Sobieski, "Rigodon" which is a collaboration between the USA and The Philippines, dealing with racial profiling in New York. "The Hamster Cage" from Canada, "Chai Pani ETC from India, The Mighty Celt (starring Gillian Anderson) from Ireland and films from other countries such as Brazil, Ireland and Poland will be presented on the big screen as well.

Every year the MWFF pays homage to individuals who have succeeded in making valuable contributions to the industry. This year the festival will honor Maggie Cheung, a
talented actress from Hong Kong. She has enchanted moviegoers with notable performances in films such as "In The Mood For Love" and "Hero" which also featured martial arts pro Jet Li. Film director Chen Kaige, a Beijing native will also be honored for his achievements.

This year the participating theaters are Cinema Parisien 480 St-Catherine Street West, NFB Cinema 1564 St-Denis (metro Berri-UQAM), Cinematheque Quebecoise 355 Blvd. De Maisonneuve Est (Metro Berri-UQAM), Theatre Maisonneuve (Place Des Arts) 175 St-Catherine Street West and the beautifully renovated Cinema Imperial 1430 Bleury. All are conveniently located in the downtown area.

Tickets can be purchased at Place Des Arts (for Maisonneuve Theatre screenings) and Cinema Parisien (advance sales). After August 27th tickets will be available at all participating theatres. Individual tickets cost 10$ each. Booklets of 10 coupons for 10 regular screenings costs 70$ and the Visa booklet of 30 coupons for regular screenings is priced at 180$ (only available for Visa Gold & Platinum card holders). The Cinephile pass is 300.00$ and offers the opportunity to attend films except for opening and closing night. A copy of the official program is included with the purchase of the Cinephile pass.

Moviegoers can also enjoy free screenings under the stars, as is the tradition every year. The lineup includes "Hero" starring Jet Li and Maggie Cheung, "Citizen Kane" by the legendary Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film "Vertigo"

For further information you can visit the film festivals official website at www.ffm-montreal.org or you can contact the info festival line at (514) 848-3883

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