by Nicolas Vanier


CINEMANIA Film Festival celebrates its
25th Anniversary Edition with many outstanding premieres from the Francophone
film world, featuring important real-world themes and issues: climate change,
police abuse, civil wars and migration.

SPREAD YOUR WINGS (Donne-moi des
ailes) by Nicolas Vanier, the Festival’s 25th Anniversary Closing Film, Sunday
November 17th
at the Imperial Cinema, stars Jean-Paul Rouve (C’est la Vie!)
and Mélanie Doutey (Sink or Swim). The film was adapted from the novel “L’homme
qui a vole avec les oies” by Christian Moullec based on his own life story. At
the heart of the film are parallel narratives of a father and son’s tender
relationship and their dedication to urgent environmental issues.

Christian is a visionary scientist who
studies wild geese. His adolescent son is mesmerized by video games, and the
thought of spending his summer holidays in the wild with his father is a
nightmare. Yet father and son will ultimately reconcile around a seemingly
impossible project, to save a species of geese from extinction

Bearing in mind the public’s concern
with the current socio-economic environment, CINEMANIA presents “LES
” by Ladj Ly, winner of the Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film
Festival 2019 and selected to compete at the Oscars for Best Foreign Film. It’s
a powerful saga of police abuse in the downtrodden Paris suburbs. Another film
in competition for Best Foreign Film Oscar, ANTIGONE by Quebecoise
Sophie Deraspe, Canada’s official entry having already won Best Canadian Film
award at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). A special screening is
planned on November 5th at 7:00PM at the Théatre Outremont.
ANTIGONE, a drama revolving around an immigrant family, transposes classical
Greek mythology by Sophocles to modern-day Montreal. And lastly, the 25th
edition presents the world premiere of “SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
(“Sympathie pour le diable”) by Guillaume de Fontenay produced by Nicole Robert
(Go Films), starring Niels Schneider, Vincent Rottiers et Ella Rumpf. Inspired
by war correspondent Paul Marchand’s eponymous autobiography, the film places
us at the heart of the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, providing a
fresh slant on the bitterest of conflicts in Balkan history.


CINEMANIA  Francophone Film
Festival, founded in 1995, is one of the most important events of its kind,
dedicated to Francophone cinema. Each year, during 11 days, films selected from
the most prestigious international film festivals (Cannes, TIFF, Belinale,
etc.), are presented as premieres in their original versions, subtitled in
English. The event attracts more than 29,000 spectators each year.

The 25th edition of CINEMANIA unfolds
from November 7th to 17th, 2019.