The Guide to Independent Film in Montreal

We know you’re probably dying to see that new Nicolas Cage flick. This weekend, why not try something a little more enlightening. Here, our guide to the best places to catch independent and international film in Montreal.

Cinema Politica
Hosting screenings at McGill, UQAM, UdeM and their largest at Concordia, this non-profit focuses on alternative, independent, sometimes controversial and often – you guessed it – highly political documentaries and features, with an emphasis on Canadian productions. Did we mention it’s free? See website for locations and times.

Cinema Du Parc
Though you’ll still find Hollywood titles here, this McGill Ghetto landmark is best known for its exceptional international film selection, lively premieres, and affordable prices: With a membership card, films work out to about $7 a pop. 3575 Parc Ave., 514-281-1900.

Montreal Cinerobotheque
Two theatres offer film screenings and discussions, as well as Sunday filmmaking workships, while their 21 Personal Viewing Stations offer over 10,000 films literally at your fingertips. If you prefer the comfort of your own home, they’ve got a store with films for rent or purchase, too. 1564 St Denis St., 514-496-6887.

Grindhouse Wednesdays
The first Wednesday of each month features live bands, cheap beer, rowdy crowds and the best in cheesy, retro exploitation films – often screened at the infamous XXX-theatre Cinema L’Amour. What’s more is that all proceeds go to local non-profit Head & Hands, which helps at-risk youth.

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