Montreal is a cosmopolitan city with many different cultures living within it, which is part of its beauty and allure. The two most important linguistic cultures are that of the Francophone and Anglophone communities. Cinemania is a film festival that demonstrates how good this city is at juggling those two communities. The film festival brings to film fans the best French language films of the past year and screens them all subtitled in English, so no matter which of the official languages you speak or understand every film in this festival is accessible to you.
Beginning in 1995 Cinemania has grown in leaps and bounds in size and importance within the Montreal film community. It started off modestly with a small number of films being screened at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and over the years the interest in it has grown. As such the festival now happens in the much larger and grander accommodations of the Imperial Theatre. It is now one of the largest feature film festivals dedicated to French language films. It also gives viewers chances (each film is screened twice) to see North American or Canadian or Quebec premiers of the films.
First time directors are waiting to be discovered and well-known directors are presenting their latest oeuvres. Films this year star actors such as Audrey Tautou (Amelie, The Da Vinci Code), Guillaume Canet (The Beach, Tell No One), Louise Bourgoin, and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet).
Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Imperial Theatre as of 1 hour before the screening time.
-Venue: 1430 Bleury St.
-Tickets: General Admission: $12.50
Festival Pass (6 films): $64.00
Opening Gala: $20.00