Paris via Montreal: Cinemania

One of the ways I relax in Paris is to see French films. This is doubly a treat because many of the films I see never come to the US. Others make it, though they arrive at least a year later.

So I’m really looking forward to Cinemania in Montreal next month. Cinemania is the largest French film festival in the Americas. Many of the greatest names of French cinema as well as young up-and-coming talents are featured at the festival. The 10 day event is like a passport to Paris, minus the jet lag, and at much less cost.

Unlike other major Montreal film festivals, Cinemania features one film at a time, at one venue, the amazing Imperial Cinema. Its large-screen format, always in 35mm, make it wonderful all around.

There is an air of suspense, too. Films aren’t announced until a week before the festival. Fortunately, I have my sources.

I’m teaming up with former independent theater owners and film festival programmers Rick Winston and Andrea Serota. For those who would like an in-depth film experience with a like-minded group, we’re going to provide a weekend of film, food and conversation at the festival, Nov 2-4.

Over the course of the weekend, we’ll see 7 films together (all films have English subtitles), and talk about them in depth. Rick will give background on the films before we go, and he and Andrea will facilitate discussions throughout the weekend. We’ll also recommend lodging and lunch spots near the Imperial, and suggest Montreal activities and addresses for free time.

Our group is limited to 12, and price (discounted until Oct 9) includes tickets and dinners for all 3 days.

Hoping I can tempt you to join us… but in any case, do check out the festival. The experience is sublime!

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