Iconic filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard will attend the Montreal World Film Festival (Aug 22 - Sept 2) to give a lecture on filmmaking and his place in it. The lecture, entitled Le regard de Jean-Luc Godard sur le cinema d'aujourd'hui et de demain (Jean-Luc Godard and the Cinema of the Present and the Future), is inspired by the Lecons de cinema presented by the Cannes festival - the 2002 edition featured a lecture by Nanni Moretti.

It will be Godard's first visit to the festival in seven years. The filmmaker was supposed to attend the Montreal event last year to present his film Eloge De L'amour but then declined in favour of a satellite press conference.

Quoted in the Montreal newspaper La Presse, festival director Serge Losique said Godard remains the greatest philosopher of the moving image. "No one is better at expressing themselves in sound and picture with such lucidity."