Cinemania Film Festival Preview

This is Cinemania's 15th birthday and it has quickly become the little festival that could. Cinemania began as an idea in the brain of founder Maidy Teitelbaum while she was strolling on the beach in Sarasota. She could not understand how a city like Montreal (French-speaking and full of film festivals) could not have a French language film festival. So she started one. Cinemania began at the Musée des Beaux Arts with 20 films being screened over 5 days. Now it is at the beautiful Imperial Theatre (capacity 800) screening 30 films over 11 days. It is now the largest French film festival in North America. Proof that where there's a will (and an audience) there's a way.

The criteria that Maidy and Managing Director Genevieve Royer have when it comes to film selection are simple as they are looking for originality, creativity and quality. If a film fulfills those requirements then it doesn't matter if it is a comedy, drama or mystery. A good film is a good film. These two women just want to share their love of French language films with us. The festival is open to anyone who speaks either of the two official languages as every film in the festival has English subtitles.

This year's batch of films come from international film festival like Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Rome, and Namur or are major European box office hits. The festival's opening film is "Please, Please Me" by Emmanuel Mouret and the closing film is "The Concert" by previous Cinemania attendee Radu Mihaileanu.

There are also some new films waiting to be discovered. Cinemania is extremely proud of its history of screening films that would never have been seen on a large screen in Montreal. A record number of 28 films are getting their launches at Cinemania (15 North American premieres, 5 Canadian premieres and 8 Quebec premieres).

Besides film screenings there will be panel discussions, guests (director Eric Lavaine, Yves Jacques and screenwriter Marc Robitaille) and a master class with director Costa-Gavras. Costa-Gavras is an Oscar Award winning director (Best Foreign Film "Z" in 1969) who will discuss script writing, narrative techniques, his inspirational sources, and the methods he uses to get the best performances out of his actors. Not to be missed! There will also be for the second year in a row a pedagogical class for primary and secondary students. Tips and discussions will happen that will educate them about what to look for in the films they are watching.

Additional Information:
-Website: www.cinemaniafilmfestival.com
-Venue: 1430 Bleury
-Ticket Purchase:
Pre-Sale: November 3-4 @ Imperial box office from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
During Festival: At Imperial box office 1 hour prior to screening
-Ticket Prices: Adults: $10.50
Students & Seniors: $8.50
Festival Pass (6 films): $49.00
Master Class: $5.00
Opening Gala: $20.00

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