49th FNC: Les Nouveaux Alchimistes Unveil their Line-up!

49th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

From October 7th to October 18th 2020

The Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (FNC) offers a hybrid 49th edition, online and in theaters. As every year, festivalgoers will find the Nouveaux Alchimistes section in the programming. The section, dedicated to formal exploration, new approaches and experimental cinema, will present 8 audacious feature films including:

DAU. NATASHA

Ilya Khrzhanovsky | Jekaterina Oertel

Germany, Ukraine, UK, Russia

CANADIAN PREMIERE


Festival selection
Berlinale (Compétition) 

Festival de Melbourne

Natasha, who manages the staff canteen of a top-secret research institute in Soviet Russia, sees her life turned sideways by the secret service. DAU. Natasha marks the first theatrical release of the films from the DAU franchise: a sprawling, hugely anticipated multimedia art installation that meticulously recreates life behind the Iron Curtain.

KHAMSIN

Grégoire Couvert, Grégoire Orio

France, Lebanon

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Festival selection
Torino Film Festival (Special Jury Prize)


In the heart of Beirut, musicians from the underground scene plug in their instruments and make them resonate everywhere. They discuss the fate of this country torn apart by war, corruption and instability.

LÚA VERMELLA

Red Moon Tide

Lois Patiño

Spain

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Festival selection

Berlin Forum
New Directors/New Films 

Indie Lisboa

 
Rubio de Camelle is a diver who has recovered the bodies of about forty shipwrecked people lost at sea. A fantastic tale of treacherous waters, drowned sailors and imaginary stories that have survived until today..

MAGGIE’S FARM

James Benning

USA (silent)
QUEBEC PREMIERE

Festival selection 

Berlinale Forum

 
A cinematic landscape composed of twenty-four fixed shots seems to house an enigma. James Benning, the great avant-garde filmmaker, returns with this unusual portrait from the California Institute of the Arts where he has been working for the past forty years.

NIGHT HAS COME

Peter Van Goethem

Belgium

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Festival selection

Fantastic Fest Austin 2019

DOK Leipzig

A dystopian society is threatened by a virus that infects the brain and obliterates memories. After harvesting and classifying its citizens’ memories in the guise of a remedy, the State forces them to comply.

REPUBLICS

Huw Wahl

UK

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Festival selection

CPH Dox

A visual poem spanning time and place that delves into the creation of phrases and images and how landscape is transformed by urbanization and demographics. Featuring the words of Scottish poet Stephen Watts.

LAST AND FIRST MEN
Jóhann Jóhannson

Island
QUEBEC PREMIERE 

Festival selection

Berlinale Special

Note: Jóhann Jóhannson composed the soundtrack of Prisoners, Sicario and Denis Villeneuve’S Arrival.


In the very distant future, a super-evolved race of humans is on the verge of extinction, leaving behind only surreal monuments. Tilda Swinton’s voice guides this unparalleled journey in the only film by the late Icelandic composer, Jóhann Jóhannson.

TO THE MOON
Tadhg O’Sullivan

Irland
CANADIAN PREMIERE


Festival selection

Venice Days 2020

Telluride 2020 

To the Moon is a film collage, a tribute to the Moon, composed of images from international archives and those taken by important cinematographers on the five continents; combined with literary fragments, it is accompanied by a remarkable soundtrack.

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