The 40th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema is under way and trust me, you don’t want to miss a minute of it. It is 11 days of features, shorts, fiction films and documentaries, animations, retrospectives, tributes, professional round-tables, and outdoor installations and events. Forty-five countries are represented within the 292 films, so the cultural scope is wide. There are 11 world premieres, 23 North American premieres and 10 Canadian premieres. The festival is open to all filmmakers and fans as it features those we all know and love alongside up and coming talent.
An interesting new section this year is entitled Cartes Blanches. The people at FNC have asked 10 filmmakers (including Denis Villeneuve and Denis Côté) who have had films screened at previous editions of the festival to each direct a short film on the subject of their choice. The only real restriction put on the filmmakers was that the maximum length had to be 4 minutes. Risky? Yes. Innovative? Yes. Bound to be exciting? Yes. This is the type of risk taking and forward thinking people that are involved with FNC. They don’t go the usual route in any definition of that word and it is beneficial to all film fans.
The opening film of the festival this year is Declaration of War by Valérie Donzelli of France and the closing film is Monsieur Lazhar by Quebec director Philippe Falardeau. In between those two films there are highly anticipated ones like: Shame by Steve McQueen (UK), U2 – From the Sky Down by Davis Guggenheim (U.S.), Hard Core Logo II by Bruce McDonald (Canada), Melancholia by Lars von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany), The Skin I Live In by Pedro Almodovar (Spain), Pina by Wim Wenders (Germany/France), Take This Waltz by Sarah Polley (Canada), Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh (Australia), They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? By Sidney Pollack (U.S.), and Husbands by John Cassavetes. The films star such actors as Vincent Cassell, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Peter Falk, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogan, and Bone/The Edge. This is just a sampling of the films and already you can see the quality.
Besides all the film watching you can round out your FNC experience by attending some of the cocktails and parties they are hosting. On October 13 there will be a launch of the sophomore album for the band Duchess Says entitled “In a Fung Day T!” and on October 15 there is a Boy Scout party. Maybe we can all earn our cocktail badge together?!
Whatever your tastes are there will be a film or party for you at Festival du Nouveau Cinema. Peruse the website as it has all the information you need, select your films, purchase your tickets, and settle in for a good time.
-Ticket Prices: FNC Pass: Adults – $125
Students and Seniors – $100
FNC Pro Pass: $125
Book of 6 Tickets: $50
Single Tickets: Adults – $10
Students and Seniors – $8
Children – $5
2 For 1 Opus Card or Allo Stop Card – $10