One of the most poignant and well-done films I saw last year premiered at the Cinemania Film Festival, "Va, Vis et Deviens". This festival, that is entirely dedicated to films in French, makes up in quality what it has lacked in size. Even the size, or lack thereof, is being addressed this year as the festival will be moving to the much larger confines of the beautiful Imperial Cinema. Now many more people will have the opportunity to see some of the wonderful films that programmer Genevieve Broyer spends her year unearthing for us.
This year's program is full of big films, small films, thriller, comedies, romances and stars. Some of the actors appearing in the films that are screening this year include Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, John Turturro, Nick Nolte, Miou-Miou, Julie Delphy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Gerard Depardieu. Demonstrating that this festival is to be taken seriously, Juliette Binoche will be here as a guest at the screenings of two of her films. Several of the films were either award winners or Official Selections at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The most anticipated film is "13 Tzameti", a film by director Gela Babluani that won prizes at the Sundance and Venice Film Festivals. This film will be released widely in Quebec very shortly. Besides Juliette Binoche, directors Lisa Azuelos, Eric Daravaca, Santiago Amigorena, Philippe Collin, and Nicole Garcia will be at their screenings along with actress Isild Le Besco.
Director Krzysztof Kieslowski's work will be paid homage to this year. His films "The Double Life of Veronique" along with his "Trois Couleurs" trilogy of "Bleu", "Blanc" and "Rouge" will be shown. It is a unique opportunity to rewatch or discover for the first time this brilliant director's work on the big screen.
Anglophones do not have to miss these films as all films are subtitles in English. It is a great mixing of the two linguistic communities in Montreal. Tickets go on sale starting Wednesday, November 1st at the Imperial Cinema box office, so be amongst the first to get them as you would not want to miss out on any of these great films.
-Festival info line: (514) 878-0082
-Festival catalogue available at: La Boite Noire (4450 St. Denis, suite 201, 380 Laurier West and 42 McGill)
-Imperial cinema: 1430 Bleury
-Tickets: General: $9.50, students/seniors: $7.00, Festival Pass (6 films): $36.00, Opening film: $10.00