Nearly 300 films from some fifty countries are on the program for the 51th edition of the Festival du nouveau cinema (FNC), which will be launched this Wednesday, in Montreal. Remaining faithful to the formula that has made it successful over the years, the FNC offers a selection of short and feature films that have distinguished themselves in recent months at the biggest festivals in the world (Cannes, Venice, Toronto… .). Here are seven not to be missed.
After being presented – and well received – at the Cannes and Toronto festivals, the first feature film by Quebec actress and director Charlotte Le Bon will open the ball for the 51st FNC Wednesday night at Imperial Cinema. Adapted from the graphic novel A Sister by Bastien Vivès, Falcon Lake relates the first emotions of two teenagers, camped by Sara Montpetit (Maria Chapdelaine) and Joseph Engel (The Faithful Man).
Opening film of the last Venice Film Festival, this new black comedy from American filmmaker Noah Baumbach (A Marriage Story , Frances Ha) brings together on screen Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig as a professor of Hitler studies and his wife who try to understand the origin of a mysterious toxic cloud that threatens their small town in the Midwest.
The Five Devils
Five years after winning the FNC's Louve d'or with Ava, her first feature film, French director Léa Mysius returns to Montreal to present her latest offering, The Five Devils >s, at the end of the festival. Unveiled at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, this drama with fantastic accents features an 8-year-old girl with an overdeveloped sense of smell (Sally Dramé) allowing her to smell and reproduce all the smells of her choice.
In her new film, Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley (Away From Her) brings to the screen the novel Women Talking, by Manitoba author Miriam Toews, which is inspired by real facts of sexual abuse that occurred in the Mennonite community in Bolivia in the 2000s. The film, which brings together an impressive cast (Claire Foy, Rooney Mara, Jessie Buckley, Frances McDormand), recently took second place for the prestigious Toronto Film Festival People's Choice Award, behind Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans.
Dead for A Dollar
After Jane Campion last year, it will be American filmmaker Walter Hill's turn this year to receive a Wolf of Honor for his entire career. The 80-year-old director will stop for a few days in the metropolis to present some of the highlights of his career – including The Driver and The Warriors– but also the western Dead for a Dollar, his most recent feature, which was launched at the Venice Film Festival last month.
Presented at the last Toronto Film Festival, this second feature film by Montreal director Katherine Jerkovic (Les routes en février) is interested in the journey of a cook of Mexican origin who finds a job in a restaurant in La Malbaie. The surprise visit of his daughter and his grandson, however, will upset his plans. It is the actor Jorge Martinez Colorado, recently discovered in the series The time of the raspberries, who defends the main role of the film.
C' happened near you
What a great idea to mark the 30th anniversary of It happened near you, film 1992 cult that launched the career of Belgian actor Benoit Poelvoorde. This black comedy produced on a shoestring budget comes in the form of a mockumentary about a professional killer who specifically preys on the elderly and middle class. It Happened Near You will be screened in the presence of André Bonzel, one of the film's three directors.
Le 51 e FNC is presented from October 5 to 16 in several theaters in Montreal. For more details on the program: nouveaucinema.ca
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