The 50th edition of the Festival du nouveau cinema (FNC) kicks off on Wednesday with the premiere of BOOTLEGGER, the first feature film by multidisciplinary artist Caroline Monnet at 7 p.m. at the Imperial Cinema. The screening will be preceded by the presentation of CINQUANTE TEMPS, a short film directed by filmmaker Luc Bourdon, former director general of the FNC, who revisited 50 years of the Festival’s archives for the occasion. With one of its most daring programming, the FNC is offering no less than 280 works this year, from 57 countries, including 161 world, international, North American, and Canadian premieres, as well as a Nouveau marché de coproductions and events intended for all audiences. The festival will take place in Montreal at the Imperial Cinema, Cinéma du Musée, Cinéma du Parc, and the Cinémathèque Québécoise from October 6 to 17, and accessible online to the pan-Canadian public from October 6 to 31.

“For 50 years, concerned with always being at the forefront and in tune with society, the Festival has been influenced, in each of its editions, by developments in the cinema world. Today, we are not only very happy to be able to accommodate our moviegoers in theaters in Montreal and to be able to celebrate this half-century of cinema with them, but also to be able to offer everyone online access to respond to new distribution models. We are also very proud to present new initiatives such as our Nouveau marché de coproductions and our outdoor events. Happy 50th birthday everyone! »- underlines Nicolas Girard-Deltruc, General Manager of the Festival du nouveau cinema

In addition to the presentation of BOOTLEGGER at our opening night, other exceptional events can be found throughout this anniversary edition. New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion will be visiting the FNC to present her latest feature THE POWER OF THE DOG. The director, the first woman recipient of the Palme d’Or in 1993 with The Piano, will give an exceptional master class on Thursday, October 7. The FNC will take advantage of her visit to present Campion with a Louve d’honneur recognizing her outstanding career as a whole. On Friday, October 8, the public will be able to discover LA VIE RÊVÉE (1972) by Mireille Dansereau, restored by Éléphant and presented by Quebecor, a partner of the FNC for 15 years now.

“Deeply committed to culture, Quebecor is proud to have teamed up with the FNC for 15 years and in doing so help bring the best of cinema from here and elsewhere to shine. It is with great pleasure that we will present, for the first time, the version restored by our team at Éléphant: memory of Quebec cinema of LA VIE RÊVÉE (1972) by Mireille Dansereau, the first local film produced by a woman in the private sector in Quebec. The presentation of such a film at a large-scale festival like the FNC makes us particularly proud since it ties in with our desire to make the films of our heritage known and to share them with as many people as possible ”, says Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor.

In addition, the FNC can be found on the streets of Montreal with two free outdoor courses. In the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, the interactive circuit NOTRE HABITAT COMMUN/OUR COMMON HOME, by Daniel Iregui invites spectators to reflect on global warming and its consequences. Designer Daniel Iregui will talk about his work during a master class on Thursday, October 14 at the Grande Bibliothèque. Another activity to discover during the first days of the festival: FAUNE, an augmented reality treasure hunt in public spaces. The route is interactive thanks to a system of QR codes implanted in a series of posters designed by the artists Adrien M and Claire B in collaboration with Brest Brest Brest. The posters can be seen in the Griffintown Cultural Corridor and the route is “alive” thanks to a custom-developed application.

The 50th edition of the Festival du nouveau cinema (FNC) will take place indoors in Montreal from October 6 to 17 and online from October 6 to 31. Tickets are on sale now on the festival website. In addition, following recent government announcements, the festival is adapting to the new measures and announces that masks will be required at all times in screening rooms as of October 8.

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