A full house for "CASE DÉPART" - A spectacular kick-off for the Montreal International Black Film Festival

MONTREAL, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) kicked off on a high note last night. To the great pleasure of Festival organizers and actors-directors Thomas Ngijol and Fabrice Éboué, who stopped by Montreal to introduce the North-American Premiere of their first feature film, the house was packed for CASE DÉPART presented by Global Montreal. The Jamel Comedy Club's two most provocative comedians said they were very pleased to be presenting their film at the opening of the MIBFF. They both got a standing ovation at the end of the film!!! The audience was amazed by what they saw on screen.

"The film is first and foremost about identity, with slavery as its backdrop. It's a film that will make you laugh, but it will also make you think at the same time," explained Fabrice Eboué.

"Montreal audiences are really friendly; we would like to thank the Montreal International Black Film Festival for choosing CASE DEPART as its official opening film," said Thomas Ngijol enthusiastically.

"The film has had close to 2 million viewers in France and the reaction of the Montreal audience at the opening of the MIBFF last night confirms the enthusiasm for this film," said the film's distributor, Louis Dussault, from K-Films Amérique.

CASE DÉPART will be shown again at Cinéma Imperial on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 7pm, and will be released in theatres across Quebec this winter by K-Films Amérique, who has just bought it thanks to the Festival.

Among the personalities who attended the Opening Night were comedians Pierre Verville, Sugar Sammy, Eddy King and Dorothy Rhau.

A few films you can see today at the Montreal International Black Film Festival

State of Violence, by Khalo Matabane - 7 pm at Cinéma du Parc
79', Sesotho, English, Tsotsitaal, with English subtitles
In South Africa, people like Bobedi, the film's protagonist, are called "Black Diamonds." At the age of 35, Bobedi, a black man who has made his way up from extremely poor conditions, becomes the head of one of the mining companies Johannesburg owes its wealth to. But the climax of his glowing career also becomes a turning point in his life: a masked burglar murders his wife, Joy, right before his eyes, with a pool of blood spreading through their apartment's designer elegance. In his search for the murderer, thirsty for revenge, Bobedi gradually loses his grip on his nouveau-riche life as his tracks lead him back to the infamous township of Alexandra, where his past catches up and takes hold of him.

The Silent Army, by Jean Van de Velde - 8 pm at NFB Cinema
Retrospective (Best Film at the 2010 Montreal International Black Film Festival)
92' - English with French Subtitles
The Silent Army is based on true stories of children from War Child projects and is set in the world of child soldiers in Africa. One night, the young Abu, along with a dozen other children from his village, is kidnapped by rebels. Thomas, the son of a Dutch cook, Eduard, who runs a restaurant in Africa, is inconsolable when he finds his best friend has gone. Eduard, as a perfect anti-hero, decides to find out what happened to Abu, and starts discovering the harsh reality of the child soldiers' lives.

The 7th MIBFF runs from September 22 to October 2, 2011!

About the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF)
Presented by Global Montreal, the MIBFF was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Cinema, Art and Culture. The mission of the MIBFF is to stimulate the development of the independent film industry and to showcase more films on the realities of Blacks from around the world. The Festival wants to promote a different kind of cinema, cinema that hails from here and from abroad and that does not necessarily have the opportunity to grace the big screen, groundbreaking cinema that moves us, that raises awareness and that takes us all by surprise. The MIBFF wants to deal with issues and present works that raise questions, that provoke, that make us smile, that leave us perplexed, that shock us... A fresh new look at black cinema from the four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.com.

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