The Montreal New Cinema Festival (FNC) is back for its 47th edition, which runs from October 3rd to 14th. The event will only add to its reputation, by offering the Montreal public a strong and bold program, which will allow the discovering of exciting films. On the program: award-winning films in the biggest international festivals, retrospectives of recognized artists, but also the discovery of up and comers of today’s cinema world, virtual reality works, not forgetting the visit of many international and Quebec talents who will present their works and discuss with festival-goers, at events and professional meetings.
No less than 300 works from 62 countries, including 34 world premieres, 16 international premieres, 44 North American premieres and 44 Canadian premieres, will be presented throughout the festival. The FNC is also the first event to utilize the city’s two new cinemas: Cinéma Moderne and Cinéma du Musée at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). The Festival will also be back in its other usual places: the Cinéma du Parc, the Cinéma Impérial – the new official box office as of September 25, the Cinémathèque québécoise, the Cineplex Odeon in Quartier Latin, the Grande-Place of the complex Desjardins, Inis and Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts.
Opening and closing films:
The Festival is proud to announce that Barry Jenkins’ new film, If Beale Street Could Talk, will have its second world premiere at the opening of this 47th edition on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:30 pm, in English with subtitles French, at the Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts. The director, who won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2017 with Moonlight, adapts the eponymous novel by James Baldwin. It brings together actress Kiki Layne, Canadian actor Stephan James (Selma, Race), Regina King (Ray, The Leftovers, The Big Bang Theory) and Teyonah Paris. (Dear White People, Mad Men, Empire). Distributed in Quebec by Les Films Seville, the film will be released on November 30th.
Inspired by James Baldwin’s novel, If Beale Street Could Talk tells the story of Tish, a young pregnant woman from Harlem trying to prove the innocence of her fiance. The film celebrates love through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives as they fight for justice and the American dream.
The Festival will also close with great fanfare with the film Guy’s international premiere on Saturday, October 13th at 7pm at the Cinéma Impérial, in the presence of its director and leading actor, French comedian Alex Lutz (known for his role as Catherine in the TV series Catherine and Liliane of Canal +). In this endearing satire, presented at the last Critics’ Week of the Cannes Film Festival, Alex Lutz again demonstrates his talent for transformation by playing in the title role Guy Jamet, a 74-year-old singer who had success between the 60’s and the 90’s. Distributed in Quebec by MK2 Mile End, the film will be released on October 19th.
Gauthier, a young journalist, learns from his mother that he is the illegitimate son of Guy Jamet, a French variety artist who had his moment of glory between the 60’s and the 90’s. He is just releasing an album and touring. Gauthier decides to follow him, camera in hand, in his daily life and concerts, to make a documentary.
International Competition: Louve d’Or presented by Quebecor:
In order to discover the emerging voices of the global film landscape, this flagship section of the festival highlights the unique perspective of filmmakers who will shape the cinema of tomorrow. Among the 16 films nominated for the Louve D’Or, note the presence of the two Quebec films: Genesis by Philippe Lesage and Ville Neuve by Félix Dufour Laperrière, as well as the international premiere of Sticks and Stones by Martin Skovbjerg Jensen (Denmark, Iceland ), and the North American premiere of The Gentle Indifference of the World by Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazakhstan). The rest of the competition is composed of: All Good by Eva Trobisch (Germany); An Elephant Sitting Still from Hu Bo (China); Birds of Passage by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego (Colombia, Mexico, Denmark, France); Funan by Denis Do (France, Belgium, Luxembourg); The Guilty by Gustav Möller (Denmark); The Heiresses by Marcelo Martinessi (Paraguay, Germany, Brazil, Uruguay); Holiday by Isabella Eklöf (Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden); Lemonade by Ioana Uricaru (Romania, Canada, Germany, Sweden); Shéhérazade by Jean-Bernard Marlin (France); Los Silencios de Beatriz Seigner (Brazil, France, Colombia); Thunder Road by Jim Cummings (USA), and Woman at War by Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland, France, Ukraine).
Focus Québec / Canada:
Showcasing the next generation of local and national cinema with the presentation of 10 first works and 4 world premieres, Focus travels with Quebec and Canadian filmmakers, from British Columbia to Newfoundland to Berlin, Uruguay , Cuba and Bosnia and Herzegovina. 18 films are in the running for the Focus Grand Prix (presented by Post-Modern) and the brand new Broadcast Award (presented by Québécor): Crown and Anchor, Andrew Rowe (Canada); Cuba Merci-Mracias, Alex B. Martin (Quebec / Canada); Drift, David Uloth and Chloé Cinq-Mars (Quebec / Canada); Edge of the Knife, Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown (Canada); En attendant Avril , Olivier Godin (Quebec / Canada); Falls Around Her, Darlene Naponse (Canada); Firecrackers, Jasmin Mozzafari (Canada); The Goose, Mike Maryniuk (Canada); Happy Face, Alexandre Franchi (Quebec / Canada); M / M, Drew Lint (Canada); Mad Dog Labine, Jonathan Beaulieu-Cyr and Renaud Lessard (Quebec / Canada); Mouthpiece, Patricia Rozema (Canada); Les Routes en février , Katherine Jerkovic (Quebec / Canada); Les Salopes ou le sucre naturel de la peau , Renée Beaulieu (Quebec / Canada); Spice It Up, Thomas Calvin, Yonah Lewis and Lev Lewis (Canada); Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group, Dave Barber and Kevin Nikkel (Canada); The Stone Speakers, Igor Drljaca (Canada), and La Version nouvelle , Michael Yaroshevsky (Quebec / Canada).
Bringing together the big names of cinema, this selection features the films that have earned plenty of attention during the year, offered to the cinephiles in Montreal. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the international premiere of Happy New Year, Colin Burstead by Ben Wheatley (United Kingdom), and the Canadian premiere of Season of the Devil by Lav Diaz (Philippines). As well as 13 other films: 3 Faces by Jafar Panahi (Iran); Ash is Purest White by Jia Zhang-Ke (China, France); Burning by Lee Chang-dong (South Korea); Coincoin and the Z’inhumains by Bruno Dumont (France); Dogman by Matteo Garrone (Italy); Hong Sang-soo’s Grass (South Korea); Graves Without a Name by Rithy Panh (France, Cambodia); The House that Jack Built by Lars von Trier (Denmark, France, Sweden, Germany); Le Livre d’image by Jean-Luc Godard (France, Switzerland); Le Poirier sauvage by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey, France, Germany, Bulgaria); Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Japan); The Sisters Brothers by Jacques Audiard (USA, France, Romania, Spain) and Vision by Naomi Kawase (Japan).
Temps Ø :
This year again, Temps Ø situates itself as a must. It will be possible to discover Adina Pintilie’s debut feature, Golden Bear winner Touch Me Not at the last Berlin Film Festival, as well as the astonishing and anxious feminist phantasmagoria Fugue by Agnieszka Smoczynska. It will also be an opportunity to see some of the most anticipated films of the year, including Mirai by Mamoru Hosoda, a sublime four-year-old journey through time, Climax, the new shock film by Gaspard Noé, presented at the Directors’ Fortnight, or the brilliant comedy of creative absurdity Au poste! by Quentin Dupieux.Also there will be a strong French cinema presence to jostle genres and norms with Bertrand Mandico’s Ultra Pulpe, dealing with femininity and search for lost emotions, which will be preceded by two other short films by the director: Y- Y a-t-il une vierge encore vivante? and Prehistoric Cabaret; Un couteau dans le cœur by Yann Gonzalez and featuring Vanessa Paradis; I Feel Good, a new social comedy and comeback from Gustave Kervern and Benoît Délépine; and especially Cassandro, the Exotico! by Marie Losier, about the Mexican masked wrestlers of the Lucha Libre (beloved sport which the Festival will pay tribute this year). Added to this are new films by several key filmmakers, such as Killing by Shinya Tsukamoto, Balangiga: Howling Wilderness by Khavn and In Fabric by Peter Strickland. Temps Ø will also present new directors with Pig by Mani Haghighi, La Casa Lobo, a Chillian animated film by Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León, and Cutterhead by Rasmus Kloster Bro, a claustrophobic tour de force. Finally, there is a tribute to Japanese avant-garde films with the broadcast of three cult classics recently restored: Masayuki Suo’s Abnormal Family, Masao Adachi’s Gushing Prayer and Atsushi Yamatoya’s Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands.
Les nouveaux alchimistes:
Coming from artists from a variety of disciplines, the films that make up this selection are distinguished by their visual and sound processing, editing and narration, which push the boundaries of the 7th art. Among the programming, let us underline the international premiere of a film without image, Le brasier Shelley by Ludovic Chavarot and Céline Ters (France), which will be presented in the presence of a large portion of the film crew.
In addition to this work, 9 other films, including 4 North American premieres, will be up for the Les nouveaux alchimistes Prize awarded by the AQCC (Association québécoise des critics de cinéma) and presented by Main Film, and the Prix de l experiment presented by Mubi: Black Mother by Khalik Allah (United States, Jamaica); Die Tomorrow by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (Thailand); Drvo – The Tree by André Gil Mata (Portugal); Fausto by Andrea Bussmann (Mexico, Canada); Going South by Dominic Gagnon (Canada); Mr. by Anna Eriksson (Finland); Mariphasa by Sandro Aguilar (Portugal); Phantom Islands by Rouzbeh Rashidi (Ireland) and Ray and Liz by Richard Billingham (England).
This year again, this section will have a competition and films coming from all over the world, from Japan to Brazil, Lebanon or Kenya, which will reveal the state of the current art world. 13 feature films are in the running for the Peace Award, presented by the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation, including a world premiere and two Canadian premieres: A Land Imagined by Yeo Siew Hua (France, Netherlands, Singapore); A Punk Daydream (work in progress) by Jimmy Hendrickx (Belgium, Indonesia); Another Day of Life by Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow (Poland, Spain, Germany, Hungary); Capharnaum by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon, France); Jumpman by Ivan I. Tverdovsky (Russia, Lithuania, Ireland, France); Rafiki of Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands); The Reports on Sarah and Saleem by Muayad Alayan (Palestine, Germany, Netherlands, Mexico); Sir by Rohena Gera (India, France); Socrates by Alex Moratto (Brazil); Styx by Wolfgang Fischer (Germany, Austria); Tel Aviv on Fire by Sameh Zoabi (Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Israel); Too Late to Die Young by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands) and Daisuke Miyazaki’s Tourism (Japan, Singapore).
By proposing screenings, events and meetings with artists, this section allows us to see atypical works, in different formats, with short and feature films, series, restorations and documentaries. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to discover the project “Lieux et Monuments” by multidisciplinary artist Pierre Hébert, during a projection during which three of his short films will be shown, which he will discuss with filmmaker Karl Lemieux. The Festival will also feature a number of original and touching feature films that will provide food for thought: Julien Guetta’s Roulez Jeunesse, in the presence of actor Eric Judor, This Changes Everything by Tom Donahue, a documentary on sexism in Hollywood featuring Geena Davis Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain and Reese Witherspoon, followed by a panel discussion led by Elyzabeth Walling and community stakeholders; the world premiere of Notre été avec André by Claude Fournier on director André Brassard, who will be present for the screening, along with Michel Tremblay; Anthropocene: The Human Age of Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas De Pencier, and Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. In addition to this selection, the Festival will propose two special themes, one of which is about dance, with the projections of Climax, the shock movie by Gaspard Noé (presented in the Temps Ø section); Eve – Dance is an unplaceable place, interactive and immersive performance of Margherita Bergamo and Daniel González (France / Spain – world premiere) which will be presented in collaboration with Tangente, as part of FNC Explore; Louise Lecavalier – On her horse of fire, in which Raymond St-Jean traces the career of the famous choreographer; and the Quebec short film program, creator of movements, paying tribute to Quebec and Canadian dancers and choreographers. Another theme will put sport in the spotlight with presentations of The Grizzlies, a work of fiction on lacrosse, in the presence of its director Miranda De Pencier, (Canada), the first international Holy Tour, Méryl Fortunat-Rossi and Valéry Rosier (Belgium), a portrait of the supporters of the Tour de France; The Russian Five, Joshua Riehl (United States, Canada, Russia), about the Detroit Red Wings hockey team, which will be premiered in the presence of guests; and They Call us warriors, David Alonso, Edwin Corona Ramos and Jennifer Socorro (Venezuela, Mexico, Jordan, USA), on a women’s soccer team in Venezuela. Also noteworthy is the screening of Martin Scorcese’s classic Raging Bull, in the presence of screenwriter Paul Schrader, as well as the focus on Lucha Libre with the screening of the documentary Cassandro, the Exotico! of Marie Losier, in the presence of Cassandro himself, and the new restorations of the first films of El Santo. In addition to this program, the Festival will present new television series, in partnership with the series Mania Series: Ad Vitam by Thomas Cailley (France), On the spectrum by Yuval Shafferman (Israel) and The City and the city by Tom Shankland ( UK). Finally, the public will be able to attend screenings during the Soirées de la Louve, with the launch of the 2018 short films of Wapikoni Mobile, which will be followed by a musical evening, the Kino 2018 evening, the Awards Ceremony of the Courts Footage and the evening Que Viva Lucha! to celebrate the Lucha Libre and the presence of Cassandro.
Ticketing and general information:
Tickets will be sold directly on the Festival’s website at www.nouveaucinema.ca, by phone at 514.790.1111 or 1.866.908.9090, and at the OFFICIAL BOX OFFICE located at the Cinéma Impérial, 1430 rue De Bleury, every day until October 14th from noon to 6pm. Individual tickets and passes are already available for purchase.
Starting on Thursday, October 4, individual tickets will also be on sale in the various rooms of the Festival: Cinéma du Musée, Cinéma Du Parc, Cinéma Impérial, Cinémathèque québécoise and Cineplex Odéon Quartier Latin. Every day, the counters will open one hour before the first film.
Passes are on sale at the following rates: regular $ 200, student / senior $ 160 (all screenings, except opening and closing movies, including a catalog and poster), FNC Forum 1 day $ 75, 4 days $ 200 , FNC + (FNC + FNC Forum) $ 400.
As for individual tickets: regular $ 14; student / senior $ 10; child (under 12 years old) $ 8; Accès Montréal card $ 12 (on presentation of the card, for all screenings in all Festival venues, from Monday to Friday); VATL card, free of charge for the card holders’ escorts; book of 6 tickets at $ 70.
For all holders of a Free Space subscription pass or a Utopia Radicali exhibition ticket from the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) or Phi Center Echo, a preferential rate on individual tickets is offered: regular $ 12 ; student / senior $ 8. The members of the Society of Authors and Dramatic Composers (SACD) or the Society of Authors of Multimedia Authors (SCAM) also benefit from a reduction of $ 2 on the regular rate of a ticket.
From Thursday, October 4, limited edition products will be available at Headquarters (Agora Hydro-Québec UQAM Heart of Science): the $ 5 poster, the $ 10 bag and the $ 15 t-shirt.
The “new format” catalog now includes the schedule and is distributed free of charge this year!