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Fort Macleod welcomes eighth annual CinéImagine film festival

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CinéImagine is looking forward to bringing a touch of French culture  to Fort Macleod  during the eighth annual  Alberta French Film Festival, April 30-May 2 at the Empress Theatre.Xaviar Dolan, star and director of J’ai Tu ma mere, which opens CinéImagine’s film festival in Fort Macleod.
“ Half of the movies are from Quebec the other half are from France,” said CinéImagine Youth co-ordinator Marie Héléne Lyle.
“What I like about it is that you are in the middle of Fort Macleod and everybody will be speaking French,” she continued  adding one of the many highlights in addition to having French films from all over the world as part of this annual festival, will be speaker Carole Mondello, executive producer of ‘J’ae tué ma mere’ (loosely translated as I Killed My Mother) which  kicks off the festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
“Its important to have famous people like Carole Mondello coming to answer questions about the movie,” Lyle continued adding having these guest speakers is an important aspect of CinéImagine’s grant applications.
In addition to films, most of which are subtitled in English, there will be a coffee shop, Café Jazzette for people to gather afterwards, have some coffee and discuss the movies.
“People enjoy  going out after seeing a film to talk about it,” she continued adding a new feature will be having Calgary’s Theatre á Pic  Inouk Touzin ‘animate’ and  facilitate a discussion group on Saturday and Sunday. He will  invite the spectators  to share their experiences of the movies. He’ll also cover cinematographic elements and present a different perspective by looking at  the movies from an artistic point of view.
She is looking forward to seeing ‘I Killed My Mother’ which isn’t about killing  a mother at all, but rather is a thought provoking story of a 16-year-old boy whose homosexuality puts him in conflict with his mother. The 2009 Xaviar Dolan  film was Canada’s nomination for the best foreign language film Oscar category.
“It (the festival) is about  the community coming together and enjoying French films, even if they don’t speak French because they all have English subtitles. So you don’t even need to know French,” she added, noting there are all kinds of films from thought provoking, to comedies and scary movies.
“I’m also looking forward to a scary movie right after ‘How I Killed my Mother’. It’s called Seven Days (Les 7 jours du Talion), ” she said adding she is also excited about a program for budding film makers. There will  be a group of Grade 7-12 students from Écolé Beausoleil Francophone in Okotoks who will be taking part of the program  during which they must write, direct, film, edit and screen their own original movies  in three days.
There are several other  fun activities including  an art exhibition at 2311 2nd Avenue Fort Macleod showcasing the works of Franco Albertan artists from the Allied Arts Council in Fort Macleod. There will also be a CinéImagine reception, May 1 for the first 100 pass holders, guests and sponsors.
Weekend passes for adults  cost $65, $50 for seniors and $40 for students. Passes include lunch on Saturday and Sunday  Brunch at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
The film schedule is:

Friday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. - J'ai tue ma mere
Friday, April 30, 9:30 p.m. - Les 7 jours du Talion
Saturday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. - Film to be confirmed Saturday,

May 1, 1:00 p.m. - Le petit Nicolas (no subtitles)

Saturday, May 1, 3:00 p.m. - Pour toujours les Canadiens
 Saturday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. - Les doigts croches
Sunday, May 2, 9:30 a.m. - Coco avant Chanel

Sunday, May 2, 1:00 p.m. - Le herisson (no subtitles)
Sunday, May 2, 3 p.m. - Tribute to Gilles Carle/Pierre Falardeau and movie to be confirmed

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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