Scenes from the Blade Runner 2049 red carpet in Montreal
Denis Villeneuve’s new film screens tonight at Festival du nouveau cinéma
Blade Runner 2049 is being screened at Montreal's independent Festival du nouveau cinéma tonight.
The film, a follow-up to Ridley Scott's 1982 original, stars Ryan Gosling and premiered in Los Angeles.
Quebec director Denis Villeneuve pushed hard for the film to be brought to his home province.
The Festival du nouveau cinéma is the only film festival in the world that was granted authorization to screen the highly anticipated movie.
Here's the red carpet crowd for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BladeRunner2049?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BladeRunner2049</a> Montreal premiere. Festival Nouveau Cinema is the only fest the gets to screen it. <a href="https://t.co/Z8LjsljztH">pic.twitter.com/Z8LjsljztH</a>—@SaraKingAbadi
Dozens of fans gathered at Théâtre Maisonneuve to watch the Hollywood celebrities pass by.
Villeneuve was on the red carpet, and told CBC that he was thrilled to be able to bring the production home to Quebec.
Many people crowded the Place des Arts atrium trying to catch of glimpse of the Quebec director and any Hollywood stars who might be in attendance.
It's the biggest opening night Claude Chamberlan has programmed since he co-founded the Festival du nouveau cinéma 46 years ago.
While celebrities like Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford were absent from the red carpet at Place des Arts, many fans told CBC they were happy just to see Villeneuve.
Ophely says she came out to see Denis Villeneuve on the red carpet because she loves the director's attention to detail. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BladeRunner2049?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BladeRunner2049</a> <a href="https://t.co/r8hIECMhyi">pic.twitter.com/r8hIECMhyi</a>—@SaraKingAbadi
With files from Kate McKenna