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Blade Runner 2049 to open Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma

Blade Runner 2049 to open Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma
From CBC - September 21, 2017

Quebec director Denis Villeneuve's highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel will openMontreal's Festival du nouveau cinma.

Blade Runner 2049will be presented at a special Oct. 4 screening, a day after its world premiere in Los Angeles and two days before it hits theatres, organizers said Thursday.

It will screen at the Thtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts as the opening film of the festival's 46th edition, which runs from Oct. 4 to 15.

"We are now the only festival in the world to obtain the authorization to screen it," festival director Nicolas Girard Deltruc said in a phone interview.

"It's very important. . . . I think it's proof that we are an important film festival."

Villeneuve directed Blade Runnerwith a script from Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Ridley Scott, director of the original film, is an executive producer on the sequel.

The latest instalment is set 30 years after the events of the first sci-fi film from 1982.

Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard, a former police operative who's been missing for decades. Ryan Gosling of London, Ont., plays an L.A. police officer.

Other cast members include Robin Wright, Jared Leto and Vancouver native Mackenzie Davis.

Important for Villeneuve to be in Montreal and Quebec

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