Montreal is such a multi-cultural city which exists in French and English that a film festival like Cinemania makes complete sense. Cinemania is a festival which brings forth the best French language films of the past year and screens them with English subtitles. In other words, no matter your mother tongue you can attend and enjoy.
40 different films from all over the Francophone world will be screened at this year’s Cinemania. Opening the festival will be the Nicole Garcia (guest at Cinemania) directed film Mal de Pierres/The Land of the Moon, starring the über talented Marion Cotillard. The much hyped film was part of Official Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. In between this and the closing film, Victoria/In Bed With Victoria by Justine Triet, there are other films which fall into the can’t miss category. Elle by Paul Verhoeven starring Isabelle Hupert (who has 3 films at this year’s festival), Wulu by Daouda Coulibaly, Réparer les vivants/Heal the Living by Katell Quillévéré, and Le ciel attendra/Heaven Can Wait by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar should all be high up on your list.
Every film festival brings in guests. That is nothing new. Cinemania brings in a ton in regards to its size. Young French up and comer Virginie Efira will be in attendance and three of her films will be screened. As mentioned director Nicole Garcia, the guest of honor, will be on hand to screen her latest film, but there is also a retrospective of her impressive body of work. Meaning you can see on the big screen Mon oncle d’Amérique, Place Vendôme, Garçon!, as well as several other others. Now, the usual routine is that the festival guests attend their screening and sometimes take part in a little Q&A afterwards. Cinemania ups it a couple of notches by hosting an evening in which the celebrity guests attend an event at Sofitel. You will get to mingle with them. Details are on the Cinemania website.
-Dates: November 3 – 10, 2016
-Venue: Imperial Theatre
-Ticket Purchase: www.festivalcinemania.com
-Ticket Prices: General Admission $13
25 and – $8.50
Opening gala $20
6 films pass $69
Passeport (for all films)
Includes all screenings at Cinema Imperial, Cinéma du Parc and Cinémathèque Québécoise.
VIP access door (no queue). Excludes Opening Gala.$175