Right smack dab in the middle of the long Montreal winter we get a ray of sunshine courtesy of the Quebec film industry. The Rendez-vous du Cinéma Quebecois has brought us each year for the past 26 years (this is their 27th edition) the best of Quebec cinema in the feature film, documentary, short film, and student film format.
When you attend this festival it makes you well up with pride over the talent we have in our province. This year's batch of films looks strong. With 350 films being screened and over 100 of those being premieres this is going to be quite a treat. The whole thing kicks off on the evening of February 18th with the opening film "Cadavres" by director Erik Canuel and closes up 10 days later with the documentary by Emile Proulx-Cloutier and Anais Barbeau-Lavalette entitled "Les Petits Géants". In between highly touted or anticipated films like Denis Côté's "Carcasses", "Adam's Wall" by Michael Mackenzie, "Leaving the Fold" by Eric Scott, and ""Le Magicien de Kaboul" by Philipe Baylaucq are available to be experienced.
Each theatre involved will be hosting the different 'themes' of the festival, including: 100% Independent will be at the NFB cinema, Box-Office (series of the most popular Quebec films of the year) will be at Cinema Beaubien, and A Taste of Rendez-vous (a series of Quebec films made for Anglophones) at cinema du Parc. These are just some of the 21 different series that have been set up for our enjoyment.
Great films are not all you will get with this festival. Each day there will be a Cocktail or 5 à 7 hosted by the prime sponsor of the festival – SAQ. Also there will be some much anticipated Cinema Lessons given by successful people from the film industry, the Grande Rendez-vous de la Télé, Rendez-vous Nights, workshops, and exhibitions.
-Venues: cinema Quebecoise, Cinema ONF, Cinema Beaubien, cinema du Parc, Grande Bibliotheque, and Centre Segal
-Ticket Purchase: at cinema box offices
-Ticket Prices: Single Ticket: $8.00
Ciné-Carte (5 films): $35.00
Ciné-Carte (10 films): $65.00
Passeport (films and cinema Lessons) : $110.00
Cinema Lessons : $15.00