Boris Lojkine's HOPE, Winner of SACD Award at Cannes' Semaine de la Critique 2014, to open the 10th Montreal International Black Film Festival as a North American Premiere

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Imperial Theater – 7PM
Presented by Global Montreal


MONTREAL, Aug. 26, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal International Black Film Festival is proud to kick start its 10th edition with the North American Premiere of Boris Lojkine's HOPE on Tuesday September 23, 7PM at Imperial Theater, in the presence of the Director. HOPE earned the French director/screenwriter the SACD award at this year's Cannes Festival's Semaine de la Critique. This is the first fiction film for Lojkine who is known for his Vietnam-centric documentaries Ceux qui restent and Les Ames errantes.

"We are very proud to open the festival with such a moving film. This is a touching and powerful story about humanity, love and exile. A deeply moving film!" stated Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the festival.

HOPE portrays of the reality of the tragic conditions of the exile of Africans travelling through the Sahara to reach Europe. Deep in the desert, on his way to Europe, Léonard, a young man from Cameroon, rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman. In a fiercely hostile world where you have to stay with your own people to stay safe, these two try to find their way and love each other.

"The power of HOPE lies in its unflinching portrayal of the reality of the tragic conditions of the exile of Africans travelling through the Sahara to reach Europe. The film tells this story through an incredible tale of love, which allows this oft ignored situation to reach us. 'As long as there is another person,' wrote Serge Daney, 'there is hope for filming.' Hope is the story of this hope." - Charles Tesson, Semaine de la Critique, Cannes Festival.

Montreal International Black Film Festival - created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation presented by Global Montreal - September 23 to 28, 2014.


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SOURCE: Montreal International Black Film Festival

For further information: Media Relations Manager: Talar Adam,, (514) 833-0274 | English Press Agent: Danny Payne,, (514) 621-8657

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