The ending of summer and the coming of fall does not mean that the festival season is slowing down any. With the Montreal International Film Festival just ending fear not as the Montreal International Black Film Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is almost upon us.
Bringing us the best examples of black filmmaking from the past year the festival will provoke thought and discussion due to its examination of socio-cultural, economic and racial issues. The films in this festival hail from around the world including France, Mali, United States, India, Guadeloupe, and Hungary. Though we are lucky to live in a country like Canada sometimes even here our access to films is limited. Through the films it presents the Montreal International Black Film Festival tries to widen it to films we would not necessarily have access to otherwise. It all kicks off with the opening film, Hope directed by Boris Lojkine, a tale in which a Cameroonian man traveling in the Sahara Desert rescues a woman from Nigeria. The two stay together for safety and end up finding love on their travels.
Special events taking place during the festival include the Black Market conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, A Tribute to Spike Lee with a Q&A with the director, Movie Talk “Being Black in Montreal”, Tribute to Régine Chassagne and Dominique Anglade, and Jollywood Movie Talk. It will all be wrapped upon the 28th with the closing film, Half of a Yellow Sun directed by Biyi Bandele, and the Awards Ceremony.
-Dates: September 23-28, 2014
-Venues: Imperial Theatre, Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin, Former NFB Theatre
-Ticket Purchase: www.montrealblackfilm.com , (514) 882-3334
-Ticket Prices: Single Ticket – $10
Opening Night Film – $25
Closing Night Film – $25
Spike Lee Tribute – $40