It may not have the glitz of Cannes or the hype of Toronto, but the Montreal World Film Festival delivers. From August 18 until 28, the 35th MWFF offers 383 films from over 70 countries. The mandate of the festival is to offer film lovers and professionals a chance to view films from around the world. What it lacks in Hollywood stars and blockbusters it makes up for in cultural diversity and creativity.
But there will be some stars at this year’s festival. The festival will pay tribute to the icon of French cinema, Catherine Deneuve who will be honoured with the Festival’s Grand Prize of the Americas. French screen star Vincent Perez and director/producer Claude Lelouch will also be attending. Lelouch will be giving some master classes in cinematography.
The films will be shown at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Cinéma Impérial and Cinéma Quartier Latin. All theatres of the MWFF are within walking distance of the Festival’s headquarters, not to mention hotels and restaurants..
The best part is that this festival is accessible and affordable. A $65 pass will get you into 10 films. The Cinephile pass for $250 gets you into all films and workshops, voting privileges at public awards, an official festival catalogue and this year’s poster designed by artist-illustrator Claude Robinson. Part of the festival includes Loto-Quebec’s Movies Under the Stars. This year’s theme is Hollywood/Bollywood offering a number of classics from both film centers.