World Film Festival: 430 films and 80 countries in 12 days!
The festival has plenty of surprises. Depardieu’s perspective on the 7th art includes his acting for a who’s-who of contemporary cineastes from around the world, directors like Jean Beaudin, Claude Berri, Bernardo Bertolucci, Bertrand Blier, Claude Chabrol, Luigi Comencini, Alain Corneau, Marguerite Duras, Marco Ferreri, Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Handke, Claude Miller, Maurice Pialat, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Alain Resnais, Barbet Schroeder, Ridley Scott, Daniel Schmid, François Truffaut, Andrzej Wajda, Peter Weir, and Claude Zidi, just to mention some of the great French and international filmmakers.
In addition, one of the female icons of modern Italian cinema,StefaniaSandrelli
Panahi’s films have won critical recognitions around the world and have earned numerous prizes, including the Caméra d’or at Cannes for his debut feature The White Balloon (1995); the Golden Leopard at Locarno for The Mirror (1997; the Golden Lion at Venice for The Circle (2000), the Silver Bear at Berlin for Offside (2006) and many others.
The World Competition
20 features and 16 shorts from 24 countries are already selected for this selection. Among the films, two features and one short are Canadian productions: Route 132 by Louis Belanger and Silence Lies directed by Julie Hivon. France is well represented in the competition with Three Weddings staring Pascal Greggory, Julie Depardieu, Louis Garrel; Nannerl Mozarts’s sister by Rene Feret . Besides there will be films from Italy, ( The waist on , by Gianfrancesco Lazotti) Japan, (The Hakamada Case by Banmei Takahashi) Germany, (The day I was not born by Florian Cossen) Rusia , (Truce, by Svetlana Proskuria) Mexico, (Childhood by Carlos Carrera) Poland (Venice by Jakub Kolski) and much more films that we have to discover,
On the other hand, 32 features make up the out of competition section, like Flamenco, Flamenco directed by Carlos Saura, who is known for making movies centered around traditional Latin dance.
President Serge Losique and general director Danièle Cauchard announced that Route 132, directed by Montreal filmmaker Louis Bélanger, will open the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival, and will inaugurate its official competition. Louis Bélanger will have its world premiere at the Festival.
Written by Bélanger and Alexis Martin, Route 132 was produced and by Fabienne Larouche and Michel Trudeau for Aetios Productions and by Denise Robert and Daniel Louis for Cinémaginaire. The film stars François Papineau, Alexis Martin, Alice Morel-Michaud, Andrée Lachapelle, Benoît McGinnis, Sophie Bourgeois, Gary Boudreault, Bobby Beshro, Sonia Vignault, Francesca Barcenas, Janine Sutto, Denise Gagnon, Gaston Caron, Guillaume Chouinard and Clémence Desrochers.
Gilles, the thirty something hero of Route 132, has just experienced the death of his young son and is devastated by the loss. Any excuse will justify his flight. Overcome by grief, Gilles finds his old friend Bob, a schemer who is looking for a masterstroke to lift him out of a rut. It is the perfect occasion for the two protagonists to head out along Highway 132 towards the Lower St. Lawrence where, they believe, the local credit unions are chock full of money deposited by senior savers and there is scarcely point-one policeman per square kilometre. It’ll be a piece of cake for two clever Montrealers to dupe the “hicks”!
Bertrand Tavernier, director of The Princess of Montpensier, will be in Montreal to accompany his new film at the closing program of the 34th Montreal World Film Festival on September 6. The fil takes place in France, 1562 during the religion war. Catholics and Protestants rage against a backdrop of intrigue and shifting alliances. Marie de Mézières, a beautiful young aristocrat, and Henri de Guise, one of the kingdom’s most intrepid heroes, are in love, but Marie’s father promises her hand in marriage to the Prince of Montpensier. The prince takes Marie back to his chateau, where she is tutored by Chabannes, the Protestant deserter he protects, who soon falls in love with the young woman. Then, on their way back from battle, Henri de Guise and the Duke d’Anjou, the heir to the throne, stop at the chateau. Henri and Marie realize their feelings for each other are as strong as ever.
Student film festival
The 41st Canadian Student film Festival will take place during the Montreal World film Festival, from August 28 to September 1, and will be announced on September 2nd. 76 films were selected this year, including two features-length films. Twenty-0ne schools, universities and training institutions from across Canada are represented.
The festival offers free screen to allow the public to see recent Quebec films. The Grand place of Complexe Desjardins will be set up for the moviegoers!
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