The only thing I’m wondering about in regards to this year’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema is how to see as many of the 273 films (146 features and 124 shorts) they are offering. I know it is impossible, but the program looks so strong that it makes me want to attempt it.
Of the 273 films almost 50 countries are represented and there are plenty of premieres of the World, North American and Canadian variety to be enjoyed. All varieties of films like drama, comedy, action, documentary, short, and animation will be represented.
Opening the festival will be the Quebec film Triptyque by Robert Lepage and Pedro Pires. It is a version of the play Lipsynch by Lepage. The film concerns itself with the mysteries of neuropsychology. Lepage, Pires and the lead actors will be on hand at the screening. The closing film on October 19 will be La Danza de la Realidad (La Danse de la Réalité) by director Alejandro Jorodowsky. His son and lead actor in the film, Brontis, will be at the screening.
As for the rest of the line-up there are films from film veterans as well as brand spanking new rookies. The subjects covered are as varied as can be with films about vengeance, the search for identity, romance, coming-of-age, violence, gender identity, film noir, and nail-biting thrillers making up the FNC repertoire.
This year’s tribute/retrospective section will shine on actress Karen Black (Easy Rider, Nashville), Quebec actress Hélène Loiselle (Mon Oncle Antoine, Les Ordres), filmmaker Arthur Lamothe, producer Jean Dansereau, and Jonas Mekas, the recipient of the Louve D’Honneur Lifetime Achievement Award. There is also a section called Django Project, a two part look at the history of Western films. Some of the screenings will include Monte Hellman’s Ride the Whirlwind, Sergio Corbucci’s The Mercenary and Sergio Sollima’s The Big Gundown.
One of the nice things about the festival is that it is being held in many different locations around the city so there is bound to be one near you. Cinema du Parc, Quartier Latin, Excentris, Imperial Theatre, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, PHI Centre, and the Quartier des Spectacles will all host screenings or events.
Finally, there are some fun parties going on. Opening night you can dance to tunes spun by DJ Vincent Lemieux. Cult MTL is co-sponsoring a night of music by local bands Le Matos and Le Couleur. There will even be an evening of fashion called Soirée Mode Montréal. Outdoor screenings of Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii and Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
-Dates: October 9-20, 2013
-Venues: Cinema du Parc
-Ticket Prices: FNC PASS
Regular price 150$
Students & Seniors 125$
FNC Pro Pass
3 Days pass 295$
1 Day pass 150$
FNC + PASS (FNC & FNC Pro)
Regular price 395 $
Book of 6 tickets 60 $
Regular price 12 $