The Montreal World Film Festival 2013 Preview

From August 22 until September 2, 2013 The Montreal World Film Festival will take place bringing cinephiles films from around the world.  The slogan of this year’s Festival is “The World is Yours”.  Unlike other film festivals like Toronto or Cannes Montreal is not all about what big Hollywood films it can attract or what big stars are attending.  The Montreal World Film Festival is about promoting films from around the world, cultural diversity, meetings between cinema professionals from around the world, discovering new talent, and the development of quality films.  A heavy load, but they go a long way towards achieving all that.

Today’s film world is dominated by tent pole films or blockbusters.  They dominate the screens in multiplexes around North America.  This is not what this Festival is all about.  The key words of the Festival are innovation, creativity and independence.  As such the films have all been selected with those three as guiding forces.  Plenty of films met the criterion as there will be 218 feature films, 14 medium length and 200 short films screened. A high percentage of these films will be international, North American or Canadian premieres.

The opening film of the WFF is Quebec product.  L’Autre Maison by Mathieu Roy and starring Roy Dupuis and Marcel Sabourin will kick off the Festival.  Closing it all up will be the French film Adore by director Anne Fontaine starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright.  While the Festival is not about big names there are some to be found as you can see by the two above mentioned films.  Also Kathleen Turner will be in attendance to receive the Special Grand Prize of the Americas.

The 27th annual Montreal World Film Festival includes the following sections:

World Competition

First Films World Competition

Hors Concours (World Greats, out-of competition)

Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)

Documentaries of the World


Canadian Student Film Festival

Cinema Under the Stars

Our cinema – Review of a year of hits

Additional Information:

Dates:  August 22 – September 2, 2013

-Venues:  Cinema Imperial (1430 Bleury)

Cinema Quartier Latin (350 Emery)

Theatre Maisonneauve @ Place des Arts (175 Ste. Catherine West)

-Tickets :  Individual – $10

Booklet of 10 Tickets – $70

Opening and Closing Film  – $15

Passport – $100

Cinephile – $250

Prestige – $750

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