Nouveau Cinema Film Festival 2009 Preview

It is the 38th year for this innovative film festival. Time has flown. It seemed like only yesterday it was a little wolf cub and now it is a full-grown adult.

The mandate of this film festival is to introduce young filmmaker from all over the world to the Montreal filmgoing population. And boy, have they done that! Every year that I have attended you get the first shot at seeing some of the hottest films of the year. These are not those Hollywood films with bloated budgets, but rather cutting edge, thought provoking cinema.

Each year the festival has introduced to some of the more anticipated and talked about films to be released. Previous Nouveau cinema standouts include: George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck", Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto", Jafar Panahi's "Offside", Sarah Polley's "Away From Her", Madonna's "Filth and Wisdom", John Boorman's "The Tiger's Tail", Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married", Atom Egoyan's "Adoration", Todd Haynes's "I'm Not There", Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis", Yung Chang's "Up the Yantze", and Nadine Labaki's "Caramel". This is quite a history for this year's edition to live up to, but I think that Claude Chamberlan and his people are up to it.

To keep pace with previous years this Nouveau cinema is filled with wonderful films like Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" (definitely not a film for the faint of heart), Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces", Lee Daniels's "Precious" (a hit in Toronto and at Sundance), and Jacob Tierney's "The Trotsky", which stars local boy Jay Baruchel.

The festival begins on October 7th with the opening film "Les Dame en Bleu" by Claude Demers's new film all about the adoring fans of singer Michel Louvain. And it wraps up with a French film, "Les Derniers Jours du Monde", by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu. There are 250 films of all shapes and sizes (feature, documentary, short, animation) from 48 countries at this truly international festival.

In between the opening film and the closing one there is plenty happening. Retrospectives (including one of director Jane Campion), tributes (to Cuban cinema and emerging Hungarian cinema), FNC parties, encounters (with the likes of German director Andreas Dresen), ExCentris film cabaret, Wee Wolves day camp for ages 7-14, She-Wolf Parties, and Cinewild.

Additional Information:
-Website: www.nouveaucinema.ca
-Ticket Purchase: In Person: At the box office of the venue screening the film (open 1 hour prior to screening)
By Phone: (514) 844-2172/(514) 790-1245
Online: www.nouveaucinema.ca or www.admission.com
-Ticket Prices: FNC Pass: Adult – $125
Senior & Student – $100
Book of 6 Tickets: $50
Single Ticket: Adult – $10
Senior & Student – $8
Children – $5
Closing Film – $10
2 for 1 STM (Opus Card) – $10 @ Monday-Friday Imperial screenings with presentation of Opus card

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