Festival du Nouveau Cinéma: Cannes Goes Crazy

Posted on September 22nd, 2009 by .

One of the reasons why I’m so excited about fall is simply because of the FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA. This is the time of year that I spend my days and nights in a movie theatre, seeing the latest masterpieces from the four courners of the world, then taking a few hours off walking in the Parc du Mont-Royal and enjoying the sight of the leaves turning red, orange and yellow. FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA is an international film festival held every year in October.

Read the full story to find out where you can see Charlotte Gainsbourg going wild in the woods for Lars von Trier.

 It’s been around for 38 years, and just to give you an idea of the mood, it’s like Cannes with leather jackets instead of fancy Dior dresses. The festival is dedicated primarily to the best cinema in the world, but it also likes music, as well as visual and digital arts. For the opening night and first “Soirée de la Louve” – a series of ongoing events during FNC during which you can party with other movie lovers – you’ll see local band Otarie and DJ Why? Alex Why? performing at the Agora du Coeur des sciences de l’UQAM, the festival’s headquarters. The closing night is organized in collaboration with the record label Ninja Tune, and you’ll see famous electronic musician Bonobo make filmmakers, producers and cinema fans dance all night.

Once again, this year’s program looks fantastic, with more than 250 movies from 48 countries presented in different venues all across the city, including eXcentris, Cinéma Parallèle, Cinéma Impérial, Cinéma du Parc, KinoLab and Cinémathèque québécoise from October 7-18. The international selection includes Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces, Lone Scherfig’s An Education, Catherine Breillat’s Blue Beard, Brillante Mendoza’s Kinatay and Lars von Trier’s latest masterpiece, the highly controversial Antichrist with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe. FNC also has an extensive program of avant-garde, provocative movies as well as experimental laboratories with directors and professionals of the film industry. For its alternative section called Temps Ø, the festival welcomes George A. Romero for the first time to Montreal to present his latest film, George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead. Other movies you’ll be able to catch in this section include a joyful documentary called Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (!) and the North American premiere of 8000 Miles, Japan’s biggest hit this year, made by a 29-year-old young artist with a bunch of his friends.

Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is one of its kind. You can’t even compare it with the Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF’s made for the film industry; it’s glamorous but expensive and inaccessible. Montreal’s FNC is made for movie lovers who like to find the best in this year’s international cinema. In Toronto, you can get a daily pass for $125. Actually, in Montreal, $125 is what you’ll spend to get full access to all screenings and special events. You can even get a regular pass for only $100 if you get your tickets at la VITRINE from September 25th to September 30th.

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