Festival International de Nouveau Cinema,

Think Halloween is the o­nly thing to look forward to this October?  Think Again.  The 32nd Edition of the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media is off to a roaring start, opening last night with Robert Lepage's La Face cachée de la lune, based o­n his play of the same name.  The fest, which is showcasing over 300 films from around the world (features, documentaries, portraits, shorts, you name it) as well as exciting and interactive media installations, is taking over its usual venues in le Plateau (Ex-Centris, cinema du Parc, the Cinemathèque, etc) from October 9th to 19th.  Director and Feature programmer of the FCMM, Claude Chamberlan, is the first to admit that he's out done himself this year.   Speaking to him a week before opening night, he sounded positively giddy about the films he was able to bring to Montreal, handpicking most from some of the best film festivals worldwide.  Some to look for are Lars von Trier's 'Dogville', starring Nicole Kidman, about a woman reduced to slavery in a small American town; Canadian film-poet Guy Maddin's 'The Saddest Music in the World' an eclectic musical set in the 1930's starring Isabella Rosselini; and 'Noi Albinoi' by Icelandic filmmaker Dagur Kari, about a weary 17 year old boy, whose prospects seem as cold and unwelcoming as the glaciers that surround him.  Some special features this year include a tribute to Jiri Barta, master Czech animator, a spotlight o­n Iranian cinema as well as a thorough retrospective of the works of Werner Herzog, the brilliant German director of such films as 'Fata Morgana' or the more well known 'Nosferatu the Vampyre'.  If you're still not sure what's worth checking out, why not pick something at random?  If my past experiences at the FCMM are any indication, you're just about guaranteed to be glad you did.  Plus tickets are o­nly 9$ (7,50$ for students) or you can buy 10 for 70 bucks.  They are available throughout the festival at Ex-Centris or at each individual theater.  Visit www.fcmm.com for more information.

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