Cinemania – The mandate of Cinemania, a festival founded by Maidy Teitelbaum, is one of the most interesting in the whole region of Montreal: to present some of the best cinematic production made in French, but accessible to the Anglophone audience by the simple mechanism of subtitles. Everyone wins with this formula.
The 23rd edition of Cinemania will take place between November 2 and 12, and it will also welcome two illustrious guests, both Oscar-winning directors. Claude Lelouch (his film “A Man and a Woman” won two Oscars in 1966) whose latest movie “Everyone’s Life” will be shown on November 9 at 8:15 at the Imperial Cinema. The other guest of honour will be Michel Hazanavicius, whose movie “The Artist” won five Oscars in 2011. Hazanavicius’s most recent film “Redoubtable”—which was in the Official Competition at Cannes—will be screened on November 4 at 3:10 p.m. at the Imperial.
A total of 54 films not only from France, but also from Belgium, Luxembourg, North Africa, and certainly Canada (the province of Quebec) will be screened during the eleven-day event. The venues for the shows will be the Imperial Theatre, Cinema du Parc, Cinemathèque Québécoise, with some other activities at the PHI Centre, Sofitel, and the Institut national de l’image et le son (INIS).
Opening Cinemania this coming Thursday, November 2 at the Imperial, is the comedy “C’est la vie (Le sens de la fête)” directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. This film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and has already made 1.5 million at the box office in France. “See You Up There” (“Au revoir la-haut”) an epic film by Albert Dupontel set in post-WWI France will be Cinemania’s closing movie on November 17 at the Imperial.
Besides the already mentioned film by Hazanavicius, two other movies that competed in Cannes will be shown too: “L’amant double” by François Ozon and “Happy End” by Michael Haneke. Two films that were part of the Official Selection in Cannes will also be screened: “Plot 35” (“Carré 35”) by Éric Caravaca and “Golden Days” (“Nos années folles”) by André Téchine.
Quebec talent will also be present in particular with two dramas. “We are the others” (“Nous sommes les autres”) directed by Jean-François Asselin, “a psychological thriller that explores the importance people attach to how they are perceived by others.” The other local film is “Tadoussac” by Martin Laroche that tells the story of 18-year-old Chloe who “suddenly abandons her Montreal apartment in mid-winter and hitchhikes to the small Quebec village of Tadoussac. Hiding her true identity, she hopes to find her mother who abandoned her at birth.”
Besides movies, Cinemania will also offer some public conferences with Lelouch and Hazanavicius in attendance, as well as other sessions with some of the other actors, actresses, and directors attending the festival. The French region of Occitanie in the south of France—a place privileged by its beautiful scenery which has made it a favourite for French filmmakers—will be highlighted. Cinemania not only will be showing some movies shot there but will also present a gastronomical demonstration by Alexis Saint-Martin, chef at the restaurant Le Viscos established for over 100 years in the typical Pyrenees village of Saint-Savin. Saint Martin will be the guest of Chef Olivier Perret at Sofitel’s restaurant Renoir in Montreal.
For detailed information on this celebration of French cinema with English subtitles, including film descriptions, schedule, and ticket purchase visit www.festivalcinemania.com
Feature image: The comedy “C’est la vie” will open the Cinemania Festival next week
By: Sergio Martinez – mtltimes.ca