Montreal Hits the Big Screen

Posted on July 22nd, 2009 by .

Judd Apatow’s Funny People with Adam Sandler and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds with Brad Pitt have something in common: they will both premiere in Montreal this month! That’s right, Montrealers will catch a glimpse of these major motion pictures before their official release in Canada and the United States. Read more to find out how you can catch up this summer’s two box office hits before the rest of America.
Montreal is getting more and more attention from movie lovers these days, and especially Hollywood. Plenty of American box office hits have been shot in Montreal (yes, that’s right, St. Paul Street in Old Montreal was transformed into Northern Russia in David Fincher’s Benjamin Button, and The Beatles apparently invaded Champ-de-Mars in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There), but now some filmmakers have decided to bring their hits here before their worldwide release.

FUNNY PEOPLE: The director of The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up decided to premiere his latest movie at Montreal’s JUST FOR LAUGHS COMEDY FESTIVAL. Funny People is already getting some great reviews by American media, and both Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow are rumored to be eventually shortlisted for an Academy Award.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS: Quentin Tarantino also chose Montreal for the North American premiere of his latest film, after a triumph at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. On July 29, Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger and Eli Roth will be in Montreal to promote the movie at the closing of the FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL</a.

Getting tickets might be tough at this point (though some were recently posted on Craigslist), but the events will undoubtedly make for some fun star-gazing opportunities in the coming weeks.

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