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
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
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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