It is great to see that at such an important Montreal film festival that the opening film is by a Canadian. The Festival du Nouveau Cinema has always supported and promoted Canadian filmmakers and continues to do so today. Even better is when that Canadian director is un gas de chez nous. Oscar nominated (his film Rebelle was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2013) director and Montrealer Kim Nguyen’s latest film, Un Ours et deux amants (Two lovers and a bear), will kick things off on Wednesday at Place des Arts. The director will be present during the screening of the film along with several of the producers and other invited guests from the industry. And that is just the tip of this rather impressive iceberg.
Over the years the Festival du Nouveau Cinema has not only grown in stature and reputation, but also in sheer size. An impressive 340 films make up the program with 138 feature length and 170 shorts. The great thing about that many films is that there is bound to something from a country you are interested in or about a subject that grabs your attention or starring an actor/actress whose career you follow. This kind of size means variety and as they say, variety is the spice of life.
It follows then that FNC is a tasty and spicy morsel. A stew of the various cultural, religious, regional, and stylistic flavours film has to offer. Films from Poland, Canada, United States, Iran, Switzerland, South Korea, Philippines, Great Britain, Argentina, Lebanon, Netherlands, Denmark, and Serbia are just a sampling of the countries that have films screening.
Recognition factor is also high with the festival. Meaning that these will not all be films by newbies or people you have never heard of. Filmmakers or actors/actresses like Pascale Bussièresm Arsinée Khanjian, Denys Arcand, John Carpenter, Kim Cattrall, Kurt Russell, Missi Pyle, Harry Hamlin, Cynthia Nixon, Shia LeBeouf, Riley Keough, Wim Wenders, Nick Cave, Jim Jarmusch, Iggy Pop, Gael Garcia Bernal, Molly Parker, Bruce McDonald, and Penn Jillette are part of this year’s FNC.
Festival du Nouveau Cinema has always been on the cutting edge in regards to films, filmmaking and technology. If you needed any more proof then you would just have to look at the festival catalogue (on sale for $7) it is a great read and goes a long way towards proving that claim. This year a new section of the festival begins called FNC eXPLore, which turns its eye towards the burgeoning field of virtual reality and what that means for the film industry.
Other happenings at the festival include concerts, tributes (one example is to the 100th anniversary of the Dada movement), performances, and other fun surprises.
Don’t be left out or behind. This festival is worth leaving the comfort of home for.
-Dates: October 5 – 16, 2016
-Venues: Cinéma du Parc, Cinéma Impérial, Cinémathèque québécoise, Cineplex Odéon du Quartier Latin, Grande-Place du Complexe Desjardins, l’Inis, Kino Lab, Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT), Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin annexe (salle Jean-Claude Lauzon)
-Ticket Purchase: www.ticketpro.ca or 514 790-1111
-Ticket Prices: FNC PASS (INCLUDES CATALOG + POSTER)
REGULAR PRICE 200$
STUDENTS + SENIORS 160$
BOOKLET – BOOK OF 6 TICKETS: 66$
REGULAR PRICE 13$
STUDENTS + SENIORS 9$
AFTERNOON RATE 9$
ACCÈS MONTRÉAL CARD | SINGLE TICKET 11$