Within the plethora of film festivals held in this town Cinemania is one that keeps growing and growing. Starting off tiny in a much smaller venue it has grown to one that lasts 11 days and is in the plush locale of the Imperial Cinema. Bigger and better seems to be their motto.
Cinemania brings to film lovers in Montreal a wide variety of French language films all subtitled in English. These are for the most part films you would never get the opportunity to see on the big screen. Do not mistake this for thinking that they are obscure films or of lesser quality. These are films that have screened at big film festivals around the world or been box office successes in Europe. This year’s crop includes films from 14 different countries including: France, China, India, Chad, Belgium, Afghanistan, and Algeria.
The 21st annual Cinemania film festival will kick off with the film that won the 2015 Palme D’Or award at the Cannes film festival, Dheepan directed by Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, The Prophet). It is based on a true story about a family fleeing from Sri Lanka and their experiences settling in Paris as refugees. As you might expect it is chock full of emotions. Another film from the 2015 Cannes film festival that will be screening at Cinemania is Guillaume Nicloux’s Valley of Love. The film was part of Cannes’ Official Competition section and stars two big French stars, Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert. This film will open in Quebec in cinemas this week. Other films that are part of the exciting line-up include: My King directed by Maïwenn (starring Vincent Cassel), Families directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (starring Mathieu Almaric), Disorder directed by Louis-Julien Petit (starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger), Far From Men directed by David Oelhoffen (starring Viggo Mortensen), Jailbirds directed by Audrey Estrougo (starring Sophie Marceau), and Standing Tall directed by Emmanuelle Bercot (starring Catherine Deneuve).
Each year the festival honors one filmmaker or actor and this year that is Françoise Fabian. She has starred in films like Belle de Jour and the Oscar nominated Ma Nuit Chez Maud. The Algerian born, French actress only began her acting career when she was in her 50s, but forged a career playing sophisticated women. She will be the guest of honor on the opening night (November 5) of the festival. Ma Nuit Chez Maud will be screened during the festival along with the excellent documentary called La Fabian, about her life and well-known joie de vivre.
-Dates: November 5-15, 2015
-Venue: Imperial Cinema
-Ticket Prices: General admission: $13
25 and under: $8.50
Seniors (65+): $12
Festival Pass (6 films): $67.00 ($11.16 each film)
Passport for all films: $175.00. All CINEMANIA’s films at Cinema Imperial, Cinema du Parc and Cinémathèque québécoise are included this year (Opening gala not included)
Opening Gala: $20.00