Canadians and by that virtue Quebecers do not tend to toot their own horns. The only time we can sort of be seen doing this in regards to the high quality films made here is once a year during Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois. Each year for the past 31 years this film festival screens all the best Quebec made films from the previous year. These films are feature length, student films, documentaries, shorts, and animation.
At Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois there are not only screenings, but opportunities to hobknob with actors, producers, film critics, and directors from the Quebec film industry. Each evening there will be a 5a7 at the Bistro SAQ which will allow for such mingling. For instance, on the first Saturday the Montreal band Half Moon Run will entertain all in attendance with their unique type of folk rock. The party won’t stop there as DJ Naes and Lexis will keep it going until the early hours. At the end of the festival on March 3, 2013 Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois will take part in the Nuit Blanche happening in Montreal. aRTISTS oF tHE yEAR and DJ Matteo Grondini will have you dancing all night long in the Bistro SAQ. This closing party starts at 9 pm and goes until 9 pm the next evening. Wear your most comfortable dancing shoes! Look on the website for all the other events going on during the festival.
The opening film this year is Roche Papier Ciseaux by director Yan Lanouette Turgeon and starring Roy Dupuis and Fanny Mallette. At the end of the festival to close it all up will be the film Le Météore directed by François Deslisle and starring Dany Boudreault and Jacqueline Courtemanche. In between those two films you can also check out other like Goon starring Jay Baruchel and Seann William Scott, Romeo Onze starring Ali Ammar, Le Boys, Le Documentaire directed by Louise Leroux, and the Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Rebelle by director Kim Nguyen.
A new twist this year will be the debut of Le Rendez-Vous Pro du Cinéma Québécois. This addition will afford professionals within the industry a more in depth look at the nuts and bolts of what it takes to promote a film worldwide. It will take place between February 27 – March 1, 2013.
Bottom line is that over 300 films will be screened over the 10 days of the festival. Included within this astounding number are 94 film premieres. There will also be 25 free events.
Remember Quebec cinema is our cinema and we should show some pride in it.
-Dates: February 21-March 3, 2013
-Venues: Cinémathèque Québécoise (335 De Maisonneuve East)
Grande Bibliothèque (475 De Maisonneuve East)
Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin (340 Emery)
Imperial Theatre (1430 Bleury)
5e Salle @ Place des Arts (175 Ste. Catherine West)
-Ticket Purchase: Cinémathèque Québécoise box office (335 De Maisonneuve Est) or www.admission.com or (514) 790-1245
-Ticket Prices: REGULAR – $ 10 ticket/ projection, $ 20 Ticket Night Blue Carpet | opening / futures / closing, Ciné-Card $ 50 6 sessions, $ 100 Passport Cinephile | access to regular screenings
STUDENTS – $ 8 ticket/projection, Ciné-Card $ 40 6 sessions, $ 75 Passport Cinephile| access to regular screenings