The 33rd Edition of the Festival of Nouveau Cinema ended Sunday night after 10 days of fantastic film, art and new media. With impressive new films from around the world, distinguished guests, and plenty of exciting new discoveries, the festival was a big success!
Devoted to the dissemination and development of emerging trends in cinema and new media, the Festival is the longest running international film festival in Canada. With 33 years of experience, the Festival considers that it has the necessary assets to become Montreal's International film festival.
This year's festival took place from October 14 to 24 at Ex-Centris, Cinema du Parc, and special event screenings at Montreal's oldest sex theatre, cinema l'Amour.
The Festival opened with the screening of French director Olivier Assayas' latest film, Clean – a touching work starring Maggie Cheung (Best Actress, Cannes), Nick Nolte and Beatrice Dalle. The director and Dalle were present at the opening. Clean was preceded by Montrealer Chris Landreth's magnificent short animation Ryan. Both the director and Ryan Larken attended the opening gala.
In the 10 days that followed, the Festival presented 17 World premieres, 7 International premieres, and 23 North American premieres. It hosted new films from around the world and an impressive roster of internationally renowned filmmakers. Included were films such as Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, Spike Lee's She Hate Me, Jean-Luc Godard's Notre Musique, Pedro Almodovar's La Mala Educacion and Don McKellar's Childstar — not to mention a rare presentation of Denys Arcand's original, uncensored version of the film On est au Coton and an early 30-minute cut of the eagerly anticipated sequel to the cult video game Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
Add to that list a host of stellar shorts films, documentaries, digital creations, workshops, technology days, and even some films for the wee ones and you'll see why the festival was a hit for any and all!
Perhaps most exciting was the return of UK filmmaker, Peter Greenaway. Having been such a success at last year's festival, Greenaway once again participated, this time presenting the North American premiere of the complete Tulse Luper Suitcases trilogy (with a cast of 92, including J.J. Field, Isabella Rossellini and Caroline Dhavernas). The trilogy is made up of three feature films shot in HD: 92 suitcases jammed with collector Tulse Luper's every memory – forgotten artifacts and stories of the 20th century, the Age of Uranium. A multimedia project in the truest sense, the trilogy is the gateway to Greenaway's website and videogame of the same name. A mammoth post-modern undertaking, check out the site at: www.tulselupernetwork.com.
The Festival of Nouveau cinema has got it sussed out. Not only do they showcase fabulous films, but they also present the latest and greatest in technology and new media — for kids and adults alike. Don't miss next year's festival scheduled for October 13 to 23, 2005! You won't be disappointed!
Films awarded at this year's festival were:
The Louve d'Or (Best Feature Film): Dias de Santiago (Josué Mendez)
éQuinoxe/Radio-Canada Best Script Award: L'Esquive (Abdellatif Kechiche)
Radio-Canada People's Choice Award: Turtles Can Fly (Bahman Ghobadi)
NFB Documentary Awards were awarded to:
Ex aequo: À l'Ouest des rails (Wang Bing)
Ässhäk, Tales From the Sahara (Ulricke Koch)
Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper)
Mur (Simone Bitton)
Public Lighting (Mike Hoolboom)
Z Télé New Discovery Award: Ryan (Chris Landreth)
Feature Film Mention: Peep TV Show (Yutaka Tsuchiya)
Short Film Mention: Three Poems by Spoon Jackson (Michel Wenzer)
New Media Work Mention: The Fragile Circus (Myron Campbell)
Bell Fund Award/Videographe/Interactive Screen -Cyberpitch 4: Bell Fund Cyberpitch Award: L'hippodrome de Montréal (Myriam Yates)
AQCC (Quebec Film Critics) Award: ex-aequo/tie The Ister (David Barison, Daniel Ross) & The Master and his Pupil (Sonia Herman Dolz)