When this French language film festival began in 1995 I bet founder Maidy Teitelbaum and her team had no idea it would become this big. I mean, she must have had private wishes, but who could have imagined it becoming the biggest French language film festival in North America. It is 17th year for Cinemania and it looks to be another epic edition.
For those few who have not attended the festival it features French language films from all over the world and they have all been subtitled in English so if you understand either of the official languages of the country you will be able to enjoy the films.
The festival hosts French cinema veterans as well as new names on the scene. Past directors who have had films at Cinemania include Radu Mihaileanu, Nicole Garcia and Anne Fontaine. This year you can take in films directed by Patrick Ridremont (Dead Man Talking), Ilmar Raag (A Lady in Paris) and Alice Winocour (Augustine). When people think of foreign films they sometimes wrongly believe that they will be films in which they will not recognize one face, but au contraire my friends as almost each of the films screening at Cinemania star known actors. Actors/actresses in the films that you might recognize or know include: Gerard Depardieu, Chiara Mastroianni, Ludivine Sagnier, Sandrine Bonnaire, Laetitia Casta, Asia Argento, Jeanne Moreau, William Hurt, Juliette Binoche, Kevin Kline, Jennifer Beals, Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tatou, Vincent Perez, and Charlotte Gainsburg.
This year there will be a tribute to Sandrine Bonnaire called Integrity and Commitment. The actress/director is well known in France and has made films from a very young age. A selection from the span of her career will be screened at Cinemania including: To Our Loves, Monsieur Hire, Mademoiselle, and Captive of the Desert. A couple of the films she directed, Her Name is Sabine (a documentary about her autistic younger sister) and Maddened By His Absence (with William Hurt), will also be screened. The actor/director will be in attendance at a couple of these screenings. Besides Sandrine Bonnaire there will also be tributes to Belgian cinema and Claude Miller (1942-2012).
-Dates: November 1-11, 2012
-Venue: Imperial Theatre
-Ticket Purchase: Imperial Theatre box office – 1430 Bleury or www.festivalcinemania.ca
-Ticket Prices: General Admission – $12.50
Students/Seniors (65+) – $10.00
Festival Pass (6 films) – $64.00
Opening Gala – $20.00