Montreal International Film Festival

The renowned Montreal World Film Festival is celebrating its 30th year and will be presenting an extensive selection of films from August 24th to September 4th. Even though the festival has been on shaky ground during the past couple of years due to funding issues, the festival organizers are in high spirits and ready to show the public a good time with films from around the globe. Some special activities to mark the occasion have also been added to make this year's festival a truly memorable experience.

On August 24th (Opening Night), the festival will pay tribute to Quebec cinema. Numerous local film stars from the past 30 years will be greeting fans throughout the evening. Also scheduled is a fantastic two-hour original outdoor show at Place Des Arts entitled "Cadavre Exquis," an original multi-media show inspired by a Serge Gainsbourg song. This free show will feature twenty artists such as Dédé Tracké, Annie Dufresne, Kaliroots and many more.

The World Competition section of the festival will be offering up quite a variety of films such as Canada's very own "La Vie Secrète Des Gens Heureux," a family drama directed by Stéphane Lapointe. "Daisy," is South Korean love story and "Shaere Zobale-Ha," follows an Iranian couple's spiritual journey to India. Films from countries such as China, Spain and Switzerland will also be screened.

The Out of Competition list includes must see films such as "Lonely Hearts," the story of a couple of New York detectives who take on the investigation into the crimes of the "Lonely Hearts Killers." It features a remarkable cast lineup including John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Salma Hayek, Scott Caan and Jared Leto.

The Focus On World Cinema has got plenty of films for every taste. Local filmmaker Hunt Hoe presents a Canada / Thailand production entitled "1st Bite," a story about a chef who discovers the Zen of cooking but has less luck in the love department. The cast features David Lahaye, Mohan Agashe and Michael Ironside. Another local film "That Beautiful Somewhere" stars Roy Dupuis and Jane McGregor and centers around a murder mystery. A group of men decide to take the law into their own hands to capture a murderer in the Canadian Premiere movie "Manga Latina Killer On The Loose."

Every year our prestigious film festival pays homage to individuals who have succeeded in making valuable contributions to the film industry. This year's honorees are Rémy Girard, Bulle Ogier, Bruno Ganz and Kiyoshi Atsumi.

The participating theatres are "The Visa Screening Room" at The Imperial Theatre-1430 Bleury St. and Maisonneuve Theatre (Place Des Arts) conveniently located in the downtown area. Screenings will also take place near Berri-Uquam metro at the following locations: Quartier Latin Cinema-350 Emery St., Cinématheque Québecoise- 335 Maisonneuve Est and NFB Cinema- 1564 St-Denis St.

Tickets can be purchased at Imperial Theatre and, Quartier Latin Cinema and Place Des Arts until August 24th (advanced sale). From August 25th onwards, tickets will be available at all listed theatres. Keep in mind that the ticket office at Place Des Arts will only be selling tickets for screenings scheduled at Theatre Maisonneuve. Individual tickets cost 10$ each. Booklets of 10 coupons for 10 regular screenings costs 70$ and a booklet of 30 coupons for regular screenings is priced at 180$ The Cinéphile pass is also available for 300$ which can be used for most screenings except for the opening and closing nights of the festival. A student Cinéphile pass can also be purchased for 200$ with proof of student status.

Moviegoers can also enjoy free screenings at the Place Des Arts Plaza on St-Catherine St. (between St-Urbain and Jeanne-Mance) as is the tradition every year. The lineup includes Maurice-Richard, Le Survenant, L'Audition, La Neuvaine and many more for your viewing enjoyment. Screenings will take place daily at 2, 4 and 6pm.

For further information you can visit the film festivals official website at or you can contact the info festival line at (514) 848-3883

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