The second decade of Cinemania, the French language film festival, is about to kick off. Of the many films the programmers watch over the course of the year (and they hunt near and far) the best of the past year’s French language films are assembled together under the auspice of Cinemania. From its humble beginnings the festival has grown to become one of the largest French language festivals in the world. And for all unilingual or not perfectly bilingual folks out there, fear not as the films all have English subtitles, so you are not left out.
Many of the films being screened here are Canadian, North American or Quebec premieres, so you will be amongst the first to see them. This year’s opening film is Gemma Bovary directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Avant Chanel) and the closing film is Party Girl directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis. The latter was well received at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with Party Girl being awarded the Camera D’Or. Another film that did well at Cannes, Saint Laurent directed by Bertrand Bonello, will benefit from a special presentation and gala soiree at Cinemania. Saint Laurent is France’s representative for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2015 Oscars.
An added bonus is that you get to see these films as they were meant to be seen on the big screen and in the lovely old school confines of the Imperial Theatre.
-Dates: November 6-16, 2014
-Venue: Imperial Theatre (1430 Bleury)
-Ticket Purchase: www.festivalcinemania.com or www.lavitrine.com or at Imperial Theatre box office (one hour prior to screening)
-Ticket Prices: Festival Pass: $150.00 (all films)
6 Films: $60.00
Single Tickets: Adults: $12.50, 65+: $10.50, Under 25: 8.00