Although the festival is an important one, Nouveau Cinema is always willing to take risks. It does not stay in the 'safe' zone. No film is too bizarre or independent for the programmers of this festival. The festival has always and continues to be a supporter of up-and-coming filmmakers. You don't need a reputation to get your film into this festival; you just need a good product. No hype required. This is the beauty of this festival and it is a niche that they have carved out and chosen to remain faithful to.
There will a breathtaking 300 films screened during the 12 days of Nouveau cinema. Many different countries (40) and continents are represented with films from Lebanon, Iran, Romania, France, Germany, Australia, and many others. Opening the festival will be the culinary feast "Durs a Cuir" by Quebecer Guillaume Sylvestre. The closing film has been chosen and it is the much anticipated Cannes Festival Palme d'Or winner, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" by director Cristian Mungiu. Other anticipated films include "I'm Not There" by Todd Haynes (shot in Montreal), "L'Age des Tenebres" by Denys Arcand, "Smiley Face" by Gregg Araki, and "Caramel" by Nadine Labaki.
There are not only feature length films at the festival as many shorts, documentaries and tributes will be screened per usual. This year there will even be a section (Wee Wolves) that focuses on films for kids. To compliment the screenings there will be several workshops, lectures, debates, cocktails, and performances to top off your festival experience. There is also the 40th anniversary of cinema Parallele that is happening at the same time (over 8 days) in which they will be screening for free films by Lars von Trier, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, and Atom Egoyan.
Here's to hoping that the movie going public is not scared off by all that eternal construction on St. Laurent and brave the potholes in order to attend the festival! It is most certainly worth the effort!
-Venues: Ex-Centris (3536 St. Laurent), Imperial Cinema (1430 Bleury), cinema Parallele (3536 St. Laurent), Cinematheque Quebecoise (335 de Maisonneuve East), and SAT (1195 St. Laurent).
-Tickets: $10 per film, $50 for a 6 ticket booklet, $100 FNC Pass + catalogue or $80 for students
-Ticket purchase: Ex-Centris box office or by phone (514) 844-2172 or online at: www.nouveaucinema.ca or www.admission.com
-Information: (514) 844-2172