As a preamble to its 51st edition, which will take place from October 5 to 16, the Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (FNC) is inviting the public to the 2nd edition of the Estival du nouveau cinéma, which will take place from September 1 to 4 on the Esplanade Tranquille in the Quartier des spectacles. From 6 p.m., each evening, several hundred deckchairs will await summer visitors for four evenings of free screenings in a unique setting. In addition, the Estival of the new cinema will offer spectators a thematic bar and catering service as well as several surprise events during which local talent will be showcased.

September 1st at 7 pm

The Estival will kick off with Roger Frappier’s L’INFONIE INACHEVÉE. Presented in a restored version by Éléphant – mémoire du cinéma québécois, the documentary retraces the career of infonie, a colorful and delirious poetic-musical group led by Raoul Duguay and Walter Boudreau. Their shows, major events of the Quebec counterculture, were both concert and performance. In 1973, Roger Frappier captured this bubbling musical documentary.

September 2 at 7 pm

Italy invites itself to the Esplanade Tranquille for this 2nd evening during which the public will be able to see THE HAND OF GOD by Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, The Great Beauty, The Young Pope). The Oscar-winning screenwriter and director delves back into his memories of his youth and the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s. As moving as it is hilarious, this ode to his city and his family interweaves sport, cinema, love, and mourning to tell the beginnings of the man and the artist. For the occasion, an Italian-disco DJ set led by Xarah Dion will follow the screening.

September 3 at 7 pm

On September 3rd, L’Estival will present HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, UN VOYAGE, UN HYMNE by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine. In this documentary, the incredible journey of the cult song of the Montreal musician is traced thanks to the testimonies of relatives and artists, extracts from recordings and concerts, as well as unpublished personal archives.

September 4 at 7 pm

For its closing evening, the Estival du nouveau cinéma is pleased to present DUNE by Denis Villeneuve. In this already a cult film, the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel takes on its full scope thanks to the talent of the Montreal director who stages the epic of Paul Atreides in a desert, hostile and titanic universe. Spectators will be able to (re)see this masterful work in a privileged setting, under the stars with deckchairs and covered, as well as a very high definition sound and projection system. 

It should be noted that spectators will be able to purchase the Unlimited Passport for the 51st edition of the Festival du nouveau cinéma at a special price of $150 (25% off the regular rate) on-site during the Estival. Rate available exclusively at the Esplanade Tranquille during the opening of the site from 6 pm to 11 pm.

The 51st edition of the Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) will take place in Montreal from October 5 to 16, 2022. It is FALCON LAKE by Charlotte Le Bon that will open this edition on October 5 at the Imperial Cinema in the presence of the film crew. The full program will be unveiled on September 20.

More information: https://nouveaucinema.ca/fr/