Festival du Nouveau Cinema – Masterclass with Philippe Falardeau and a Wapikoni special

My Salinger Year by Philippe Falardeau

On October 17

Available online from October 7 to 31

Across Canada

The 49th edition of the Festival du nouveau cinéma started online last Wednesday and continues until October 31st. To start off the 2nd week, the FNC is happy to highlight the presentation of many special events. It will be a week filled with digital festivities. On an important note, the special presentation of MY SALINGER YEAR on October 17th, the latest feature film by Philippe Falardeau, will be preceded with a free master class by the filmmaker on October 16th.

MY SALINGER YEAR and a master class by Philippe Falardeau

Initially scheduled to hit theaters and act as the closing title of the Festival, MY SALINGER YEAR by Philippe Falardeau, will symbolically close this special edition this Saturday on October 17th. The latest feature film from the director of Monsieur Lahzar will be available online for 24 hours. Presented as the opening film of this year’s Berlinale, the film stars Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley, Douglas Booth, Colm Feore and Théodore Pellerin.

Also note that this Friday on October 16 at 11 a.m., the filmmaker will discuss his career and share his vision of the current cinema industry in a masterclass moderated by the director and producer Daniel Roby. Presented by the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC / GCR), this masterclass will take place online on the Festival’s official Facebook page, as part of the DGC Visionaries events. Register for this event

The Rendez-vous #Cinémad’ici presented by Quebecor

To mark the 50th anniversary of the October Crisis, Quebecor, presenting partner of the FNC, will offer, in collaboration with Éléphant: mémoire du Cinéma québécois, the restored version of an outstanding work retracing the events of October 1970: LES ORDRES by Michel Brault. On Friday October 16, for 24 hours the film will be available and free on the Festival online platform.  

Films for peace – a Wapikoni special

Stay tuned this Thursday on October 15 at 7 p.m. for the Films for peace – a Wapikoni special. During this event, the organization will present on the Festival online platform a program of short films created during the Wapikoni mobile’s international jaunts, in line with their unique approach to promoting Indigenous stories and voices through film. The screening will be followed on the Festival’s Facebook page by a discussion to expand on the experience with speakers from several countries. Closing event of the 2020 Peace Days, this event is presented by BNP Paribas and Wapikoni mobile in collaboration with the Peace Days and the Peace Network for Social Harmony.

Master class by Michelle and Uri Kranot

The artists MICHELLE AND URI KRANOT, true specialists of film animation, will offer an online master class this Saturday on October 17 at 10 a.m. Their approach transcends traditional animation to fuse painting, drawing and new technologies into contemporary experiments. Their work is often characterized by a poetic sensitivity and fragmented narratives that explore the past and present, facts and fiction. The audience can also appreciate the mastery of their art in their virtual reality work titled  THE HANGMAN AT HOME – VR – in competition in the FNC Explore section and recently crowned with the Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Immersive Work at the 77th Venice Biennale. Register for this event


This Thursday on October 15 at 4 p.m.MOTTO LIVE, a performance inspired by the interactive experience Motto.io, will be broadcast live on YouTube from Vincent Morisset’s studio and a handful of streets in Montreal’s Petite-Patrie. The narration will be done by actress Marie Brassard and author Sean Michaels. Composed of thousands of small videos, Motto.io moves fluidly between documentary and fiction, incorporating participants’ lo-fi, unstaged footage into its own emotional narrative. Neither book nor film, it’s a mind-bending ghost story that takes shape through people’s unique perspectives on the world. MOTTO LIVE is an AATOAA production based on the work Motto.io, created by AATOAA and produced by the NFBFree event upon registration

Award Ceremony for Short Films

In addition, the 49th edition of the Festival will hand out awards to short films and the Rencontres pancanadiennes du cinéma étudiant on October 14 at 8 p.m. It will be broadcast live on the FNC’s Facebook page. With over 109 short films from 30 countries, the selection showcases both established and emerging filmmakers whose work stood out over the last year on the festival circuit. Keep in mind that all titles will remain available online until October 31st.
Facebook event

The 49th Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) will take place online throughout Canada from October 7 to October 31.

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