This will be my first year covering this film festival and I am really looking forward to it. I should have realized that this is an important festival in Montreal as at the press conference launching the festival there were more reporters there than any other festival I had been to. I have to admit that I was stunned to discover how many high quality films are produced each year in Quebec. It has been demonstrated time and time again what an important film producer the province of Quebec is. By overlooking this festival I have let 25 years of good film viewing pass me by. Tsk, tsk! The festival was begun 25 years ago by Quebecers who were film nuts and has grown every year since. For those few unilingual Anglophones out there, the festival is quite accessible to you as there are a few English language films and some of the French ones are subtitled in English. No excuses now!
Each year the types of films screened become more and more diverse and exciting. The opening film this year will be "Mon Fille, Mon Ange" by director Alexis Durand-Brault and the closing film will be the documentary "Panache" by André-Line Beauparlant. In between those two films will be 250 other feature length, short, documentaries, animation, and student films. Others being screened include "Bon Cop, Bad Cop" by Erik Canuel, "Black Eyed Dog" by Pierre Gang, "Cheech" by Patrice Sauvé, and "Congorama" by Philippe Falardeau. There are six different prizes awarded that the films can be in competition for, including the Prix du Publique and Best Student Film.
The primary sponsor for the seventh year at the festival is the SAQ and in a very fitting way the festival will be offering festivalgoers a nightly 5 à 7 at the Bistro SAQ (Cinémathèque Quebecois). For those who want the party to continue there will also be Soiree Bistros. For instance there will be a "Bon Cop, Bad Cop" party and a Soiree Belgorama. These special evenings will bring together music and film to create an event you won't want to miss. As a special bonus entry to these events is free. There will also be five cinema lessons given by people working in the industry. To complete this artistic experience there will be two different art exhibits (25 years of Rendez-Vous posters at Place des Arts and a photo exhibit in the Plateau) to take in. Check on the website (www.rvcq.com) for the schedule of films and special events.
-Website : www.rvcq.com
-Locations: -Cinémathèque Québécois (335 de Maisonneuve E.)
-Cinéma ONF (1574 St. Denis)
-Cinéma Beaubien (2396 Beaubien E.)
-Musée de la Civilisation (85 Dalhousie)
-Ticket Purchase: -www.admission.com (between February 7-14)
-Ticket Price: -Single tickets: adults: $8, students and seniors: $7
-Book of 6 tickets plus program: $40
-Book of 10 tickets plus program: $60
-Passport plus program: $90