Thursday, August 18, 2011

Festival des Films du Monde (Montreal World Film Festival), Aug 18-28

For the next eleven days, the 35th Festival des Films du Monde (Montreal World Film Festival) takes place in the heart of Montreal. This year's festival takes place a week earlier than previous years, and will not go into the Labour Day weekend.

The opening gala film is slated to be local Quebec filmmaker Andre Forcier's Coteau Rouge. The film stars Céline Bonnier, Roy Dupuis and Paolo Noël, and chronicles an odd tale of a dodgy proprety developer, an ex-boxer and a grandmother. The film is set on the south-shore of Montreal.

Complete programming for Festival des Films du Monde was announced earlier this month.

In addition to screening 383 films from more than 70 countries, the festival will pay tribute to some French legends who will be in attendance, including actress Catherine Deneuve and filmmakers Claude Lelouch and Bertrand Tavernier. Tavernier will be on hand to introduce a series of his favourite films from France and elsewhere.

The festival continues until August 28 at various locations.

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