The wolf Louve has turned 34! Louve is the official symbol for the Festival Nouveau Cinema which has taken place in Montreal for the last 34 years. As it happens outside of the usual festival 'season' (I do not know if this applies any more as there seems to be festivals 12 months of the year now in Montreal) in the summer, the Festival Nouveau Cinema has been looked upon as one of the lesser known film festivals that happen in our busy city. I, and others, do not think that this will be the case this year. The lineup for the festival even at first glance is definitely more impressive than that of the Montreal International Film Festival or the New Montreal Film Festival. Highly anticipated films such as Bennett Miller's debut 'Capote' starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, a performance for which there is already Oscar buzz, Neil Jordan's latest effort 'Breakfast on Pluto' starring Stephen Rea, Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson, George Clooney's 'Good Night and Good Luck' about reporter Edward R. Murrow, Lars Van Trier's 'Manderlay' starring Willem Dafoe, John Turturro's 'Romance and Cigarettes' starring Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and James Gandolfini, and Terry Gilliam's 'Tideland' starring Jeff Bridges.
The films entered in the competition portion of the program are all the first to third films by the directors involved. They are interested in fresh young visions at the Festival Nouveau cinema. The programming staff at the festival is not so interested in big blockbuster films, but more so in ones that have done well at amongst other festivals, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Venice. They have managed to do this while still attracting some of the top directors and actors into showing films at this festival. Lesser known films that are definitely worth a look are the Lebanese film 'A Perfect Day' by Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas, the Sri Lankan film which won the Camera D'Or at Cannes 'The Forsaken Land', and the Mexican/French film 'Sangre' by Amat Escalante. Make it a point to check out this hip and happening festival.
-Festival Hotline: 844-2172
-Festival website: www.nouveaucinema.ca
-Ticket prices: single tickets: adults: $10, student/seniors: $7
ticket booklets: 5 tickets for $40
10 tickets for $75
festival badges: (limited availability) $150
-Ticket purchase: telephone: 844-2172 or 1 866 844-2172
box offices: Ex-Centris
Musee Juste Pour Rire
Concordia Hall Theatre
-Venues: Ex-Centris, Le cinema Parallele, Imperial Cinema, Just For Laughs Museum, Concordia Hall Theatre, Cinematheque Quebecoise, cinema du Parc, and Hotel Godin