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Five movies you didn’t know were filmed in Montréal

With its world-class facilities, cutting edge animation studios and great dollar value, it’s no surprise Hollywood skips up to Montréal to film movies whenever it can. Some movies make it obvious by actually setting the plots in this fair city, like The Red Violin, Life of Pi and Mommy – but some make it more mysterious. Without further ado, here are five blockbusters that we bet you didn’t know were filmed right here in La Belle Ville! John Wick: Chapter 2 Directed by Chad Stahelski, starring Keanu Reeves John Wick 2 may mostly be set in Rome, but part of that stunning old architecture comes courtesy of Montréal. In this second installment of Keanu Reeves’ reinstatement as an actor who matters, contract killer John Wick comes out of retirement to help a former colleague defend against what seems like every member of an international assassins’ guild. Arrival Directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Amy Adams Denis Villeneuve is already Quebec’s pride and joy, but even more so since he shot Arrival entirely in Montréal (and the film won an Oscar for Best Sound Editing). As linguist Louise Banks, Amy Adams graces this futuristic picture with plentiful quiet grace, an energy replicated… / Read More →

Best-selling author Yann Martel on finding home and Montréal

Celebrated Canadian author Yann Martel spent over a decade living in Montréal, part of that crafting a novel that would become not only an international bestseller but a Man Booker Prize-winner and contemporary classic: Life of Pi. Since then, both the city and the author have continued to evolve and captivate our imaginations – Martel with his new novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, and Montréal with its fusion of centuries-old history, high-tech innovation and diverse arts and cultural milieu. With Montréal’s annual international literary festival, Blue Metropolis, just around the corner (April 11 to 17, 2016), Tourisme Montréal blogger Robyn Fadden recently sat down with Yann Martel to talk about The High Mountains of Portugal and the importance of different places in our lives, as well as his favourite things about Montréal. You were born in Spain, have lived stretches of your childhood and adult life in Montréal, you’ve traveled far and wide, and your novels span the globe – why focus on concepts of home in The High Mountains of Portugal? I was looking at home in relation to the broad theme of the novel – like Life of Pi, I was interested in looking at faith. Not… / Read More →

5 REASONS TO LOVE THE FNC

October is basically worldwide film-festival post-season, as all the heavy hitters – Sundance, Cannes, Toronto – have come and gone. But this is also my favourite time of year for movies, as Montreal’s best general-interest festival, the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, is in town.