Cine-Concerts in Full FORCE in Montreal this week !

Cine-concerts with live musicians have become popular in recent times due to their ability to offer a unique, immersive, and transformative viewing experience for all those in attendance.

This week, two extraordinary concert-events in Montreal will provide a fresh perspective on beloved classic films, showcase exceptional musical talent, foster a sense of community, and deliver a powerful emotional impact to all !

GFN productions presents: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – In Concert

Experience “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” – In Concert with the FILMharmonic Orchestra!

Get ready for an out-of-this-world musical experience as the renowned FILMharmonic Orchestra takes center stage once again with their highly anticipated event, “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – In Concert” .

Following the tremendous success of last year’s The Empire Strikes Back“, the orchestra is set to embark on another cinematic galactic adventure that is sure to leave audiences spellbound.

Created by George Lucas and directed by Irvin Kirshner, The second installment of the original Star Wars trilogy: The Empire Strikes Back Episode V, is perhaps the greatest achievement of the epic saga.

Mark your calendars and feel the power of the force as next May 19th and 20th, 2023, at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of La Place des Arts in Montreal the FILMharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of guest conductor Erik Ochsner, performs the world-renowned score composed by the legendary Oscar®-winning composer, John Williams.

Guest conductor Maestro Erik Ochsner

Witness the magic unfold before your eyes as the 1983 film, digitally remastered, illuminates the screen in its original English version, complemented by French subtitles.

Immerse yourself in the captivating tale of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia as they embark on a heroic journey to save the galaxy from the clutches of the evil Empire. Relive the final chapter of George Lucas’ mythical trilogy through the masterful combination of film and music that are guaranteed to ignite your imagination and stir your emotions like never before.


This concert marks the culmination of an incredible three-year journey with the FILMharmonic Orchestra,” says Ochsner, acclaimed as one of the leading film-with-live-orchestra conductors. “Since 2019, we have been bringing the legendary Star Wars saga and its awe-inspiring scores to life in an unforgettable fashion. Prepare to be amazed by the energy, attention to detail, and precise synchronization that our orchestra brings to the stage.

26 years old Francis Choinière at the baton leading the FILMharmonic Orchestra

Comprised of Canada’s most exceptional musicians, the Orchestre FILMharmonique has earned its place as the country’s premier film music orchestra. Usually led by the exceptionally talented young conductor, Francis Choinière, this extraordinary ensemble of 40 professional musicians are all set to take audiences on a thrilling journey through the stars.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the sheer grandeur of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – In Concert, performed live by the FILMharmonic Orchestra.

Secure your tickets now and let the music transport you to a realm of epic adventure and timeless magic.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – In Concert

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Friday, May 19, 2023 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 20, 2023 – 2:00 pm

Saturday, May 20, 2023 – 7:30 pm

Tickets available at Place des Arts:

May the force be with you!

Step back in time at Montreal’s Silent Movie Concerts – A Vintage Film Extravaganza

This Saturday, May 20th, 2023 – Prepare for an unforgettable evening as the Cinéclub de Montréal / Montreal Film Society presents its highly anticipated bi-annual Ciné-Concert event, transporting movie lovers into the realm of authentic vintage cinema.

Featuring two distinct screenings on the same night. The works are selected by Cinéclub founder Philippe Spurrell and his organization which is dedicated to the conservation, preservation of archive works and cinematic art.


Get ready for a night of cinematic enchantment as the timeless art of silent movies takes center stage. Held in the breathtaking ambiance of a stunning 19th-century Gothic church, this extraordinary event promises to be one of the top film experience of the season.

Immerse yourself in classic works meticulously curated by an organization dedicated to archival conservation and the celebration of cinema as an art form.

Prepare to be captivated by both the mesmerizing films and the electrifying live musical accompaniment.


Starting at 6 pm, prepare for side-splitting laughter as the comical brilliance of Buster Keaton’s masterpiece, “THE GENERAL” (1926), unfolds on the silver screen. This immersive journey into the roaring 1920s features live music performed by Andrei Castanon on piano, Parker Bert on percussion (including the resonating sound of a brass bell borrowed from an old steam train!), and Beth McKenna on wind instruments.

As an added treat, a short silent film by Buster Keaton will also be showcased, further delighting audiences with his timeless comedic genius.


Then, at 9:30 pm, prepare to be transported into the realm of surrealist cinema like never before with Dziga Vertov’s extraordinary masterpiece, “MAN WITH A CAMERA” (1929).

Brace yourself for a mind-bending experience as this cinematic gem unfolds on the silver screen.

As for the musical accompaniment? Prepare to be blown away! Toronto’s own Morgan Paige Melbourne will grace the piano, while Parker Bert adds his mesmerizing percussion skills, and Ecuador’s very own Ivan Fabara mesmerizes with his masterful cello performance.

The evening will commence with a surreal and comic science fiction short by René Clair, followed by a rare screening of a century-old short film that is sure to surprise and delight.


Prepare to be transported back in time and immerse yourself in the magic of silent movies. Don’t miss this chance to relish in the nostalgia and celebrate the artistry of a bygone era. Montreal’s Silent Movie Concerts are here to make your cinematic dreams come alive!

Secure your tickets now for this exceptional event on the Film Society’s website:, or directly at the church’ box office starting from 5 pm on the day of the event.

Indulge in popcorn, beer, sweets, and beverages – all available to complete your vintage cinema experience on site.