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Scenes from the Blade Runner 2049 red carpet in Montreal

Quebec director Denis Villeneuve’s new film screens tonight at Festival du nouveau cinéma.

Denis Villeneuve’s new film screens tonight at Festival du nouveau cinéma

Quebec director Denis Villeneuve poses on the red carpet for Blade Runner 2049 with his partner Tanya Lapointe. (CBC)

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.

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.

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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.

The atrium was packed with people trying to get a glimpse of the red carpet. (CBC)

It's the biggest opening night Claude Chamberlan has programmed since he co-founded the Festival du nouveau cinéma 46 years ago.

Denis Villeneuve (R) posed with festival director Claude Chamberlan (L) on the red carpet. (CBC)

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.

With files from Kate McKenna

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