RELIVE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 23RD EDITION
The 23rd edition enjoyed a record-breaking box office success with many sold-out screenings! The 2017 CINEMANIA program comprised 54 films of which 47 were premieres, many presented by guest actors and directors. The Festival featured numerous events including the Rencontres Francophones organized together with SODEC – attended by 270 film industry professionals!
Over an 11 day period the Imperial Cinema’s stage was graced by many celebrity guests: two guests of honour, Michel Hazanavicius and Claude Lelouch, actresses Jeanne Balibar, Pascale Bussières, Isabelle Blais, Camille Mongeau and Valerie Blais and Anne Dorval, actors Swann Arlaud, Jérémie Renier, Lambert Wilson, Emile-Proulx Cloutier, Jean-Michel Anctil, James Hyndman and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, filmmaker Laura Schroeder and directors Olivier Nakache, Hubert Charuel, Nadir Moknèche, Jean-Francois Asselin and Martin Laroche, as well as journalist and professional emcee Patrick Fabre, journalist Francois-Pier Pélinard Lambert, producers Pierre Even, Denise Robert, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun. All these filmmakers presented their films at CINEMANIA 2017 and enjoyed interacting with Montreal audiences. Well-known French restaurant chef Alexis Saint-Martin was also one of the invited guests.
A huge thanks to our brave and faultless volunteers, to our partners who made possible this event, and above all, to our audience which is even more faithful and eager for quality films each year !