Nouveau Cinema 2008 Wrap-Up

Plenty of discussion arose over the films at this year's Nouveau Cinema (the 37th annual). And that is exactly what you want in regards to a film festival. You want films that challenge, intrigue, anger, and excite. This creates buzz and buzz means people know about you and people knowing about you means ticket sales. This year there were plenty of sold out screenings and plenty of hot tickets. Films like Madonna's "Filth and Wisdom", Steve McQueen's "Hunger", Deepa Mehta's "Heaven on Earth", and the Beatles/Cirque du Soleil documentary "All Together Now" all garnered plenty of attention. This is one festival that will not have to worry about government or private subsidies as it is healthier than a horse…or maybe a wolf in this case.

Award Winners:
Best Feature Film Award – TULPAN, Sergey Dvortsevoy (Kazakhstan/Allemagne, 2008)

Jury's Special Mention – SNOW, Aida Begic Zubcevic (Bosnie-Herzegovine/Allemagne/Iran/France, 2008)

Acting Award – MICHAEL FASSBENDER for HUNGER (Royaume-Uni, 2008)

Daniel Langlois Innovation Award – VALSE AVEC BACHIR, Ari Folman (Israel/Allemagne/France, 2007)

Focus Cinematheque quebecoise Grand Prize – LA MEMOIRE DES ANGES, Luc Bourdon (Quebec/Canada, 2008)

Jury's Special Mention – RIP : REMIX MANIFESTO, Brett Gaylor (Quebec/Canada, 2008)

Radio-Canada People's Choice Award – ALL TOGETHER NOW, Adrian Wills (Quebec/Canada 2008)

NFB Best Short Film Award – SENTINELA, Afonso Nunes (Brasil, 2007)

Jury's Special Mentions – ROSA ROSA, Felix Dufour-Laperriere (Quebec/Canada, 2008) and OTTICA ZERO, Maja Borg (Scotland, 2007)

International Film Guide Award ¬ Best Short Film Focus Section – LA BATTUE, Guy Ãudoin (Quebec/Canada, 2008)

Jury's Special Mentions – WELCOME, Dan Gerson (Canada, 2008)

Z Tele Grand Prize chosen by the public – SITA SINGS THE BLUES, Nina Paley (United States, 2008)

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