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CINEMANIA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

Since the Montreal Buzz is a blog aimed at an English audience, the Cinemania French Film Festival, which takes place from November 4-14, might seem like a bit of a tough sell. But fear not bilingually-challenged readers, this fest is also informally known as Montreal’s Subtitled French Film Fest… I think we can all agree that dubbed movies are for philistines. I find dubbing only acceptable in kung-fu movies and that’s directly because of how hilariously awful the final product is. Cinemania, instead, has been showcasing some of the best French movies being made in the world for 16 years now. This year they’ve got thirty films from Quebec, France, Algeria, Chad, Belgium and Austria- check the full schedule here. Or, if you trust me, consider some of the films that looked interesting to me… FYI: All movies are being screened at the totally gorgeous Imperial Theatre.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (NOVEMBER 5 TO 7)

Many people assume that summer is the season for festivals in Montreal. And it is true that many of our most famous festivals, such as The Jazz Fest or Just For Laughs, take place during the warm months, but some of the more subtle and locally-cherished festivals take place in autumn and winter. There are a few of these festivals taking place now in Montreal, as well as some other events and activities to pepper your weekend getaway with loveliness.

IMAGE+NATION: MORE THAN JUST GAY FILMS

The tag line for this year’s Image+Nation film festival is “Around the world in 10 days” – which is perfect for gays who appreciate international travel, but have a close-to-home budget.  With over twenty documentaries highlighting LGBT human rights, complex struggles with body image, lesbian feminist history, queer culture and the overlooked “B” in LGBT, you are guaranteed access to a world that might be unfamiliar. But the festival is not just about queer celluloid. It is also the opportunity to mingle with like-minded folks who appreciate cinema, creativity and glasses of wine.

MONTREAL’S STOP MOTION FILM FESTIVAL (OCT 29 – 31)

If James Cameron and his Navi friends are to be believed, 3D computer animation is the only way of the future. But if you enjoyed The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox to name just a few, you’re already a big fan of stop motion animation and should clearly be checking out the festival devoted to it this weekend…

LGBT CINEMA: IMAGE+NATION

After 23 years of cutting-edge queer film programming, the Image+Nation Film Festival has established itself as not only one of Montreal’s most provocative cinematic events, but also as one of the top LGBT film festivals in North America. This year the festival runs from October 28 until November 7, and promises to be as diverse and stimulating (and campy!) as ever. Here are six movies that the Image+Nation Film Festival will feature.

FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINEMA: OUR PICKS

Our picks for Montréal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma… October 18th ENTER THE VOID Directed by Gaspar Noé / France, Italy / 2009 / 161 min. His movies are never for the faint of heart. No matter if you’re a lover or a hater, Noé’s movies never leave anyone indifferent. This one is about the spiritual – or dare we say demented – journey of a gunned-down drug dealer in Tokyo. We believe this is a must-see on the big screen.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (OCTOBER 15 to 17)

This weekend in Montreal will be visually stimulating. Between film, art, parties and ghosts, your eyes are going to be VERY happy. Here are ten things to do this weekend in Montreal.

A CHAT WITH POP MONTREAL’S DAN SELIGMAN

We’ve talked about the music and the, uh, not-music of Pop Montreal. With the fest now in full swing, it seemed like the perfect time to have a chat with Dan Seligman, the festival’s Creative Director. In the years I’ve been covering music in Montreal, “Dad” Seligman has been a constant presence, quick with a quip but, more importantly, a person whose passion for music has been imbued into the festival that he helped start.

POP MONTREAL: NOT JUST MUSIC

Pop Montreal is primarily a festival devoted to music. But in the nine years they’ve been around, their mandate has expanded to include some of the other areas whose paths intersect with that of the musical arts.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (OCTOBER 1 to 3)

This weekend in Montreal will be bustling with activity. The city’s favorite indie music festival, Pop Montreal, will be rocking locals and visitors with the hippest of chord progressions. And if you’re into dance, photography, art, food or getting yourself pampered (who isn’t?), we’ve got something for you!