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César Award Winning Actor to Receive
At 15th Annual Montreal International Black Film Festival
Followed by an Intimate Talk

Saturday, September 28, 2019 – Cinémathèque Québécoise
6PM: VIP – Cocktail & Photos | 7PM: Tribute & Talk
$30 (GA) | $75 (VIP)

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Montreal, Wednesday August 21, 2019 – César Award winning actor, ISAACH DE BANKOLÉ will receive the Montreal International Black Film Festival’s CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD on Saturday, September 28, 2019 – 7PM at Cinémathèque Québécoise. The MIBFF is thrilled to grant him this prestigious award in recognition of his body of work. De Bankolé was featured in blockbuster films and TV series such as Shaft, Black Panther, Casino Royale (James Bond), 24 and The Sopranos.

The award ceremony will precede a retrospective of his body of work followed by an intimate conversation, where he will discuss his life, his path full of pitfalls, but also, share his view on the state of diversity and inclusion on screen, his advice to actors who want to go to Hollywood and more. The discussion will be moderated by Fabienne Colas, Actress, Filmmaker, MIBFF President & Founder.

This award coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Genie nominated comedy feature, How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired, a film adaptation of Haitian-Canadian novelist, Dany Laferrière, also starring Isaach De Bankolé and Maka Kotto.

“It is a tremendous honour and privilege for all of us to welcome Isaach de Bankolé to Montreal and to honour him with the Montreal International Black Film Festival’s CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. We hope to inspire the next generation of actors to push the envelope, thrive for excellence and dream a bigger dream!.” Said Fabienne Colas, President and Founder of the MIBFF.”

Join us at our PRESS CONFERENCE on Thursday, August 29 at 10:30AM at Cinémathèque québécoise (335 Maisonneuve Street E.) where the MIBFF team will reveal all celebrity guests, spokespeople, panelists and the complete line-up!

About Isaach De Bankole:
Isaach De Bankolé, César award winning (BLACK MIC MAC) French/African actor, who is also a recipient of French Legion D’Honneur, was born on the Ivory Coast. Mr. De Bankolé has an extensive filmography, and in 2011, the Museum of Art and Design, in association with the Alliance Française in New York presented a month long career survey of his work. Isaach is most recently was featured in the unprecedented African American Marvel Feature hit film BLACK PANTHER as The River Tribal Elder as well as the new SHAFT film (alongside Samuel Jackson), and NY indie SNAKEATER. Recently he has been seen in movies like: MOTHER OF GEORGE (Sundance 2013), I AM SLAVE (Toronto Film Festival 2010). He has also appeared in such US films as Michael Mann’s MIAMI VICE or CASINO ROYALE and has starred in many international films like HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A NEGRO WITHOUT GETTING TIRED (Canada). Isaach also directed the documentary TRAVELING MILES, documenting the 1998-touring schedule of jazz singer Cassandra Wilson in Australia and New Zealand. Isaach has graced the stages of Paris in such plays as QUAI OUEST, DANS LA SOLITUDE DES CHAMPS DE COTON, and he toured Africa and France in his one man show MA VIE DANS LA BROUSSE DES FANTOMES. De Bankolé has three films in preparation to direct, two of which he has written, ONE WAY TICKET and MY NAME IS NOBODY, and a trilogy of short films to be shot in Africa which have been written and will be executive-produced by long-time collaborator Jim Jarmusch.

The 15th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Quebecor will be held from September 24 to 29, 2019 |

About the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF)
Created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is currently the largest Canadian film festival entirely dedicated to black realities from all four corners of the globe. It aims to offer the public the most spectacular productions in black cinema and debate the great cultural, social, and socio-economic issues facing society. The MIBFF goal is to promote the development of the independent film industry and showcase more films depicting black realities around the world. The festival seeks to prioritize local and international films that do not necessarily come under the spotlight, a new cinema that moves its audience and raises awareness—and a few eyebrows. In so doing, the MIBFF addresses issues and showcases art that makes you think and smile, provokes, bewilders, and shocks you—a new, fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe!


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Talar Adam, Press Relations Coordinator | | 514.833.0274

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