SPREAD YOUR WINGS (DONNE-MOI DES AILES)
by Nicolas Vanier
CINEMANIA Film Festival celebrates its 25th Anniversary Edition with many outstanding premieres from the Francophone film world, featuring important real-world themes and issues: climate change, police abuse, civil wars and migration.
SPREAD YOUR WINGS (Donne-moi des ailes) by Nicolas Vanier, the Festival’s 25th Anniversary Closing Film, Sunday November 17th at the Imperial Cinema, stars Jean-Paul Rouve (C’est la Vie!) and Mélanie Doutey (Sink or Swim). The film was adapted from the novel “L’homme qui a vole avec les oies” by Christian Moullec based on his own life story. At the heart of the film are parallel narratives of a father and son’s tender relationship and their dedication to urgent environmental issues.
Christian is a visionary scientist who studies wild geese. His adolescent son is mesmerized by video games, and the thought of spending his summer holidays in the wild with his father is a nightmare. Yet father and son will ultimately reconcile around a seemingly impossible project, to save a species of geese from extinction.
Bearing in mind the public’s concern with the current socio-economic environment, CINEMANIA presents “LES MISÉRABLES” by Ladj Ly, winner of the Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 and selected to compete at the Oscars for Best Foreign Film. It’s a powerful saga of police abuse in the downtrodden Paris suburbs. Another film in competition for Best Foreign Film Oscar, ANTIGONE by Quebecoise Sophie Deraspe, Canada’s official entry having already won Best Canadian Film award at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). A special screening is planned on November 5th at 7:00PM at the Théatre Outremont. ANTIGONE, a drama revolving around an immigrant family, transposes classical Greek mythology by Sophocles to modern-day Montreal. And lastly, the 25th edition presents the world premiere of “SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL” (“Sympathie pour le diable”) by Guillaume de Fontenay produced by Nicole Robert (Go Films), starring Niels Schneider, Vincent Rottiers et Ella Rumpf. Inspired by war correspondent Paul Marchand’s eponymous autobiography, the film places us at the heart of the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, providing a fresh slant on the bitterest of conflicts in Balkan history.
CINEMANIA Francophone Film Festival, founded in 1995, is one of the most important events of its kind, dedicated to Francophone cinema. Each year, during 11 days, films selected from the most prestigious international film festivals (Cannes, TIFF, Belinale, etc.), are presented as premieres in their original versions, subtitled in English. The event attracts more than 29,000 spectators each year.
The 25th edition of CINEMANIA unfolds from November 7th to 17th, 2019.