Unlike other film festivals that bring in all types of films from a plethora of different countries with every language being spoken, the Cinemania focuses its attention on French language films. This leads to us seeing the films generally accepted as being the best French language films of the year. There will not be any iffy films. Many of the films have previously won awards in France or in other film festivals all over the world. For instance, this year the winner of Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, Julian Schnabel, will be bringing his film "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly". It is the opening film of the festival. The film tells the story of the editor-in-chief at Elle magazine who suffers a stroke that leaves him completely paralyzed except for his left eye. It's based on a true story and it is riveting stuff! This is just one example of the wonderful films you will be able to see.
The festival also brings in many of the stars, producers and directors of the films it screens. Last year Juliette Binoche came into town and this year we get the opportunity to listen to director Bertrand Tavernier speak about his films. He is hosting a special tribute to his friend Philippe Noiret, the great French actor who died last year. The two men collaborated often and five of their films will be screened during the festival.
Each year the festival also has a discussion group comprised of a mix of film critics, directors and actors. A topic is chosen and we get to listen to these experts talk on the subject. It truly gives you an inside track on the inner workings of films and the people who make them.
All these reasons and many more should inspire you to run down to one of the three Boite Noire stores to pick up the Cinemania program, read through it and plan your festival viewing. This celebration of the best of French language films is not to be missed!
-Imperial Theatre: 1430 Bleury
-Tickets go on sale on October 31, 2007
-Ticket Price: Adults: $10, Students and Seniors: $7.50, Festival Pass (6 films): $42, Opening Film: $20