Cinemania Film Festival Preview

Billed as the leading French film festival in the Americas, Cinemania is what this city should be about in a perfect world. This festival is all about accessibility. It brings French language films from around the world to Montreal filmgoers and does not limit the audience by language. The films are in French, but they are all subtitled in English, so it does not matter which of the two official languages you speak – you will still be able to enjoy the films. Simple yet groundbreaking!

This is the 14th edition of Cinemania and it has grown by leaps and bounds since founder Maidy Teitelbaum came up with idea of presenting a festival showcasing French language films with English subtitles. This festival has become such an important and essential one that Maidy was awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2006 from the French government and the Médaille Beaumarchais in 2008 from the Société des artistes et compositeurs dramatiques of France. The award was to recognize all she has done to bring French language films to Montreal. She was able to do all this by reaching out to her fellow business people in the Montreal area to financially support her pet project.

A couple of years ago, being a smart business woman, Maidy also recognized that although she is a tireless worker that she would need some help with her quick growing festival. So she hired respected journalist/film critic Geneviève Royer as the Managing Director of the festival. These two travelled to festivals at Cannes, Berlin and Toronto to views hundreds of films to whittle that down to the very best for us here in Montreal.

Besides seeing the films themselves, the festival gives us the opportunity to meet legends and rising stars in the French language film industry. Back to the films themselves, many are North American, Canadian or Montreal premieres. This year the festival's opening film is "A Christmas Tale" by director Arnaud Desplechin and starring the legendary Catherine Deneuve. The closing film is "The Girl From Monaco" by Anne Fontaine. In between there will be 30 films making their debut at Cinemania.

This year with the tragic passing of French actor Guillaume Depardieu, Cinemania will be hosting a tribute to him in which several of his films will be screened. Also, director Pierre Schoeller will be there in person to participate.

You can pick up your free festival catalogue at the various La Boite Noir or L'Avenue Video locations.

Additional Information:
-Website: www.cinemaniafilmfestival.com
-Venue: 1430 Bleury
-Ticket Purchase: Imperial Box Office
-Ticket Prices: Individual: $10.00
Seniors/Students: $7.50
6 Film Pass: $42.00
Opening Film: $20.00
Special Events: $5.00

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