Nouveau Cinema Film Festival

For me one of the surprise successes of last year's festivals was the Nouveau Cinema Film Festival. It was chock full of great films (Capote) and exciting young directors. This year's program seems to be no different.

Every year for the past 35 years this festival seems to manage to get some of the most highly anticipated films of the year. This year in a seemingly follow-up to last years coup of screening the Oscar Award-winning "Capote" before anyone else, Nouveau cinema will be presenting "Infamous" by American director Douglas McGrath. It is a second film about the man/writer/icon named Truman Capote. You might question whether we need another film about his life when the first was so good, but when you see that the cast includes Daniel Craig, Sigourney Weaver, Gwenyth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock, and Isabella Rossellini you won't doubt its validity. Other anticipated films this year include the closing film which is Pedro Almodovar's latest called "Volver" starring Penelope Cruz. There is already Oscar buzz about her performance in the film. "Shortbus" is by John Cameron Mitchell, who directed the adored "Hedwig and the Angry Inch". A success at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival was "Wrist Cutters: A Love Story" by Goran Dukic and starring the lovely Shannyn Sossamon and the icon that is Tom Waits. Two huge stars in the form of Cate Blanchette and Brad Pitt star in director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's (21 Grams) "Babel". Canada's own star director Atom Egoyan is premiering "Citadelle", which is an homage to his muse, his wife Arsinee Khanjian and her trip back to her native Lebanon. Finally, the film I am most looking forward to is "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" by director Ken Loach and starring Cillian Murphy. It is another tale about the 'troubles' in Ireland. The feature films being shown are divided up into the categories of International Selection, International Panorama, Focus Quebec/Canada, and Special Presentation.

Besides the feature films being shown there are others parts that make up the festival. As usual there will be Homages or Retrospectives for certain well-known film makers. This year the festival celebrates the works of Guy Debord, Norman McLaren, Daniel Schmid, and Carlos Saura. Many different films from the careers of these successful artists will be shown. Once again the Short section of the film festival boasts some interesting offerings. There is an official competition taking place for the Shorts as well. The Official Selection for Shorts includes 22 filmmakers hailing from 10 different countries.

For the first time this year there will be events called Open Source at the festival. Open Source will bring together professionals from the film industry and film goers in order to facilitate and exchange of ideas. It will include workshops, presentations, contest, and demonstrations. Come and be a part of the free exchange of ideas regarding the world of film.

These are just a small sampling of the great films which will be screened at this year's Nouveau cinema Film Festival. Get your sleep in now as it will be a marathon of film watching once it kicks off on October 18th!

Additional Information:
-Website: www.nouveaucinema.ca
-Tickets: Single ticket: Adults: $12, Students: $9
Book of 6 tickets (on sale only from Oct. 14-18): $50
Festival passes range from $175 to $200
-Ticket purchase: www.admission.com or (514) 844-2172 or at Musee Juste Pour Rire Boxoffice (2111 St. Laurent)
-Venues: Juste Pour Rire (2111 St. Laurent)
Ex-Centris & Cinema Parallele (3536 St. Laurent)
Imperial cinema (430 Bleury)
Cinematheque Quebecoise (335 Maisonneuve East)

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