Tuesday, September 25, 2012
True to form, Canada’s oldest international film festival is back with a stunning lineup featuring something for all audiences! 288 films from 52 countries – among them 41 world premieres, 4 international premieres, 66 North-American premieres and 39 Canadian premieres, the cream of local and international cinema, have been selected. Get ready for 11 days of festivities with feature films, shorts, documentaries, animated films, tributes and retrospectives, professional gatherings, interactive installations and events. This is the place to get to know the influential filmmakers of today and tomorrow.
Opening and Closing Films
The world premiere of Small Blind (La Mise à l’aveugle) by Simon Galiero (Quebec/Canada) will open the 41st edition of the FNC on Wednesday, October 10, at the Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts. Galiero’s second feature after Nuages sur la ville, which won the Focus Grand Prize at the 2009 FNC, Small Blind is the story of Denise (Micheline Bernard), who in her new life as a recently divorced retiree, succumbs to her love of gambling. The film’s director and crew (Micheline Bernard, Louis Sincenne, Pierre-Luc Brillant, Christine Beaulieu and Julien Poulin) will be in attendance to introduce the film to the public.
On Saturday, October 20, actress/director Noémie Lvovsky’s film Camille Rewinds (Camille Redouble) (France) will close the Festival, presented with the support of the French General Consulate in Quebec. This critically acclaimed comedy won the SACD Award (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques) during the Directors’ Fortnight at the last Cannes Festival and the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival. Camille Rewinds takes a lighthearted, quirky look at the passage of time. One night, 40-year-old Camille (Noémie Lvovsky), recently separated from Éric, is transported 25 years into the past and rediscovers life as a teenager with her parents, her friends and Éric.
The rich variety of this year’s lineup will be held during 11 days in the Festival’s different sections: International Selection (Louve d’Or), Special Presentation, International Panorama, Focus, Temps Ø, Short Films, Les P’tits Loups, Tributes and Retrospectives, Events as well as FNC Lab and FNC Pro. The programming team is made up of Claude Chamberlan, Dimitri Eipides, Laurence Reymond, Julien Fonfrède, Philippe Gajan, Daniel Karolewicz, Madeleine Molyneaux, Jasmine Pisapia, Simon Thibodeau, Daphnée Cyr, Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette and Mathieu Grondin.
International Selection: Louve d’Or presented by Québecor
Every year, the International Selection takes a fresh look at independent production throughout the world by focusing on the first, second or third works by still largely unrecognized filmmakers. This year, 18 films are in competition for the Louve d’Or presented by Québecor and the accompanying $15,000 cash prize. The films are: Blackbird, Jason Buxton (Canada); Blancanieves, Pablo Berger (Spain/France); Boy Eating the Bird’s Food, Ektoras Lygizos (Greece); Catimini, Nathalie St-Pierre (Quebec/Canada); Deadman’s Burden, Jared Moshe (United States); La Demora, Rodrigo Plá (Mexico/Uruguay/France); Djeca, enfants de Sarajevo, Aida Begic (Bosnia-Herzegovina/Germany/France/Turkey); L’Enfant d’en haut, Ursula Meier (France/Switzerland); Francine, Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky (Canada/United States); Ici et là-bas (Aquí y allá), Antonio Méndez Esparza (United States/Spain/Mexico); Loving, Slawomir Fabicki (Poland); Our Little Differences (Die Feinen Unterschiede), Sylvie Michel (Germany); Rengaine, Rachid Djaïdani (France); The Shine of Day (Der Glanz Des Tages), Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel (Austria); Sudoeste, Eduardo Nunes (Brazil); La Tête la première, Amelie Van Elmbt (Belgium/France); Un Mois en Thailande (O Luna in Thailanda), Paul Negoescu (Romania); Une Famille respectable (Yek Khanévadéh-e Mohtaram), Massoud Bakhshi (Iran).
This section brings together the best productions of the year and the biggest names in international cinema. This year, the Special Presentation list is made up of 24 highly anticipated films: A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlett (UK); À perdre la raison, Joachim Lafosse (Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Switzerland); Après Mai, Olivier Assayas (France); Au-Delà des collines (Dupa Dealuri), Cristian Mungiu (Romania); Casting By, Tom Donahue (United States); La Chasse (Jagten), Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark); Dans la maison, François Ozon (France); Fragments of Kubelka, Martina Kudlácek (Austria); In Another Country (Da-Reun NaRa-E-Suh), Hong Sang-Soo (South Korea); Insurgence, Groupe d’action en cinéma Épopée (Quebec/Canada); Lacan Palestine, Mike Hoolboom (Canada/Palestine/Israel); The Last Time I Saw Macao (A Ultima Vez Que Vi Macau), João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra Da Mata (Portugal/France); Le Magasin des suicides, Patrice Leconte (France/Canada/Belgium); Midnight’s Children, Deepa Mehta (Canada/Sri Lanka); NO, Pablo Larrain (Chile/United States); Paradise: Love, Ulrich Seidl (Austria/Germany/France); The Angel’s Share (La Part des anges), Ken Loach (Great Britain/France/Belgium/Italy); Post Tenebras Lux, Carlos Reygadas (Mexico/France/Germany/Netherlands); Rhino Season, Bahman Ghobadi (Irak/Turkey); The Rolling Stones: Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965, Mick Gochanour and Peter Whitehead (UK/United States); Tabou (Tabu), Miguel Gomes (Portugal/Germany/Brazil/France); All of Us Guinea-Pigs Now? (Tous Cobayes?), Jean-Paul Jaud (France); Three Sisters (Trois Soeurs), Wang Bing (France/Hong Kong); Vous n’avez encore rien vu, Alain Resnais (France).
A fascinating series of current cinematic works that offer audiences a glimpse into the world around us. This year, the International Panorama section includes 30 films: After Lucia (Despues de Lucia), Michel Franco (Mexico); Aglaja, Krisztina Deak (Poland/Romania); Arraianos, Eloy Enciso (Spain); Baikonur, Veit Herlmer (Kazakhstan/Germany/Russia); The Bella Vista, Alicia Cano (Uruguay/Germany); Blue Meridian, Sofie Benoot (Belgium); Les Chevaux de Dieu, Nabil Ayouch (Morocco/France/Belgium); The Color of the Chameleon (La Couleur du Caméléon), Emil Christov (Bulgaria); Crossing Boundaries (Grenzgänger), Florian Flicker (Austria); The End (Al Nihaya), Hicham Lasri (Morocco); Good Luck, Sweetheart (Boa sorte, meu amor), Daniel Aragão (Brazil); Inori, Pedro González-Rubio (Japan); It Looks Pretty from a Distance (Z Daleka Widok Jest Piekny), Anka Sasnal and Wilhelm Sasnal (Poland); Mold (Küf), Ali Aydin (Turkey/Germany); Museum Hours, Jem Cohen (Austria/United States); My Land, Nabil Ayouch (France/Morocco); Naked Harbour (Vuosaari), Aku Louhimies (Finland/Austria/Russia); Neighbouring Sounds (O Sim Ao Redor), Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil); Noor, Çagla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti (France/Pakistan); L’œil de l’astronome, Stan Neumann (France); Orléans, Virgil Vernier (France); Pasolini’s Last Words, Cathy Lee Crane (United States/Italy); Peaches Does Herself, Peaches (Germany); Room 514, Sharon Bar-Ziv (Israel); Seeking Asian Female, Debbie Lum (United States); Speechless (Wu Yan), Simon Chung (Honk Kong); Starlet, Sean Baker (United States); Still Life (Stilleben), Sebastian Meise (Austria); Taboor, Vahid Vakilifar, (Iran); Un Monde sans femmes, Guillaume Brac (France).
Focus presented by Air France
A big celebration of home-grown cinema! These are independent works from Quebec and Canada, engaged and visionary, each of them a fantastic viewing experience. Screenings of this impressive selection will begin on Thursday, October 11, with the sci-fi film Mars & Avril by Martin Villeneuve (Quebec/Canada) in the opening spot. The following titles are in competition for the Focus Grand Prize presented by Air France ($5,000 in cash and $2,500 in plane tickets): Boredom, Albert Nerenberg (Quebec/Canada); La Cicatrice, Jimmy Larouche (Quebec/Canada); Two Days and a Half (Deux jours et demi), Pablo Diconca (Quebec/Canada); The First Winter, Ryan McKenna (Canada); Joy! Portrait of a Nun (Joie! Portrait d’une nonne), Joe Balass (Quebec/Canada), Laylou, Philippe Lesage (Quebec/Canada); Stories we Tell, Sarah Polley (Quebec/Canada); Le Torrent, Simon Lavoie (Quebec/Canada); Tower, Kazik Radwanski (Canada) and Uncontrollable, Eugene Garcia (Quebec/Canada).
The out-of-competition films are: Alphée des étoiles, Hugo Latulippe (Quebec/Canada); Buzkashi!, Najeeb Mirza (Quebec/Canada); Fernando Arrabal-Grand rectum-Université de foulosophie, François Ara Gourd et Hugo Samson (Quebec/Canada); Jews and Money (Les Juifs et l’argent), Lewis Cohen (Quebec/Canada); Mars & Avril, Martin Villeneuve (Quebec/Canada); Tango’s Revenge (La Revanche du tango), Francine Pelletier (Quebec/Canada) and Un Nuage dans un verre d’eau, Srinath C. Samarasinghe (Quebec/Canada/France).
With its usual wide-ranging lens, Temps Ø is once again a source of amazing finds, mysterious works and true gems. Opening the section on October 11 will be Brandon Cronenberg’s much awaited Antiviral, a sick and contagious debut that was voted Best Canadian First Film at TIFF. Directly before the screening, there will be a live performance by Montreal visual artist Ouananiche of his video/music work Ana. Adolescence is a perennial subject for films, and is here dealt with in three often in-your-face but emotionally resonant films. The one by far the most likely to stir up controversy, and winner of the grand prize at the Rotterdam Festival, is Clip by Serbian director Maja Milos, who will honour us with her presence. Reminiscent of Larry Clark’s films, it features 14- and 15-year-old girls with nothing but sex on their minds. Kirsten Sheridan’s Dollhouse, here getting its Canadian premiere, is a portrait of a group of young people with too much energy to burn who, over the course of a single night, invade a home and trash it. Another approach to adolescence, this time in the form of a mysticism-tinged Western, is Los Salvajes by Argentina’s Alejandro Fadel, in which five teenagers escape from prison to head out in search of the “Godfather.” For a change of pace, the poetic Dark Side of The Sun follows kids who are overly sensitive to UV rays and have to live by night. Director Carlo Shalom Hintermann will be in Montreal for the film’s North American premiere. The Legend of Kaspar Hauser by Italian director Davide Manuli, a bizarre film where cult figure Vincent Gallo plays the characters of sheriff and dealer, gets its Canadian premiere at the Festival. The soundtrack by Vitalic is like a jolt of energy the morning after a rave. Speaking of raves, if there’s one to see it’s the Chemical Brothers in The Chemical Brothers: Don’t think by Adam Smith. The screening will be a full-on musical and cinematic experience led by the high priests of techno and shot at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival in 2011. Since Temps Ø is also about hilarity, we present the North American premiere of the winner of the Un Certain Regard special jury prize at Cannes — Le Grand Soir by crazy Belgian duo Gustave de Kervern and Benoît Delépine, and starring Benoît Poelvoorde as Europe’s oldest crust punk and his salesman brother, played by Albert Dupontel. By far the best sports comedy around, Ole Endresen’s King Curling is the story of a curling champion whose mental issues force him to get out of the game. And from Asia, an astonishing new film by Japan’s Sono Sion, who last year brought us his Guilty of Romance. Land of Hope, a fictional take on the Fukushima disaster, is a departure from his usual style. Koji Wakamatsu’s contemplative work The Millennial Rapture is an adaptation of Kenji Nakagami’s bestselling book A Thousand Years of Pleasure. Outrage Beyond by Takeshi Kitano is the sequel to his famous Outrage and takes us back into the violent world of the yakuzas. Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the king of suggestive horror, brings us Penance (Shokusai), the story of a mother’s revenge and five difficult women. Last but not least, the Canadian premiere of an animated film that will appeal as much to grownups as to kids with its Kubrick and Miyazazi influences: Wolf Chidren by Mamoru Hosoda.
Short Films – International Selection – Focus
Here are 27 little marvels from around the world spread out over five lineups (Delirium, Éléments, Voyance, Attraction, Décadrage) and in competition for the Loup argenté ($5,000 in cash) presented by TFO. Among them are studies in freedom by well-known filmmakers (Sophie Letourneur, Kevin Jerome Everson, recent Oberhausen winners) and brilliant local productions (Ne crâne pas soit modeste by Deco Dawson, which won a prize recently at TIFF; Chef de meute by Chloé Robichaud, in competition at Cannes this year; Avec Jeff, à moto by Marie-Ève Juste, selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes; Gods, Weeds & Revolutions by Meryam Joobeur, a dazzzling Concordia documentary; and Le Futur proche by Sophie Goyette). Also noteworthy is an NFB coproduction, Edmond était un âne by Franck Dion (special jury prize at Annecy in 2012). Fiction films, documentaries, animation and art films, often in a class of their own, broaden our horizons and offer a glimpse of what the future of cinema will look like.
In competition for the Focus Prize ($5,000 in cash), presented by CTV’s Bravo!FACT-Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent, are 21 films from Quebec and Canada that will change everything we thought we knew about our society. The three lineups (Intimité, Fantaisie, Portraits de société) feature voices ranging from fragile to totally over-the-top. Here’s a chance to check out a short film by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette and André Turpin, Ina Litovski, presented in August at the Locarno Festival; Planche à l'oeil by Ian Lagarde; Les Vestiges by Sarianne Cormier; Baby Blues by Pascal Plante (special mention at last year’s Festival); Faillir by Sophie Dupuis and many others. An excursion into Daytona’s spring break, Milo Manara’s take on Fellini, a battle between a young girl and a fly... Short films always push the boundaries.
Please note that every screening will be preceded by one of the four first films in the Jafar Panahi Project.
A presentation by the Festival du nouveau cinéma and Fantasia in association with the
A prestigious retrospective to highlight the 100th anniversary of the Japanese production and distribution company Nikkatsu. Known for its early ’70s exploitation films, Nikkatsu built its reputation on works taking a rebellious and disillusioned look at modernity. Access to Nikkatsu’s archival copies was made possible by a collaboration with the Cinémathèque québécoise.
List of films: I hate but love (Nikui Anchikusho), Koreyoshi Kurahara; The Woman from the Sea (Kaitei Kara Kita Onna), Koreyoshi Kurahara; Singing Lovebirds (Oshidori uta Gassen), Masahiro Makino; Sun in the Last of the Shogunate (Bakumatsu Taiyoden), Yûzô Kawashima; Charisma (Karisuma), Kiyoshi Kurosawa; Rusty Knife (Sabita Naifu), Toshio Masuda; Hometown (Fujiwara Yoshie No Furusato), Kenji Mizoguchi; Jiraiya the Ninja (Goketsu Jiraiya), Shozo Makino, Secret Chronicle: She-Beast-Narket (Marushi Shikijo Mesu Ichiba), Noboru Tanaka; and Momijigari (Tsunekichi Shibata).
Philippe Grandrieux :
With the support of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal and in partnership with Hors Champ.
With his many documentaries, experimental films and installations, Philippe Grandrieux is famous for redefining forms of cinematic narrative. He will give a master class on Saturday, October 13, at 5 p.m. at the Salle Claude-Jutra of the Cinémathèque québécoise as a counterpoint to his retrospective. The following films will be shown: Sombre, La Vie nouvelle, Un Lac, Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution (Masao Adachi), White Epilepsy, Retour à Sarajevo and MET.
Chris Marker :
In partnership with La Casa Obsura.
Chris Marker passed away recently, leaving us a little-known body of work reflecting his visionary talent. Through an analysis of 13 Greek-derived words, Marker explores the legacy of ancient Greece in the modern-day world. Called L’Héritage de la chouette, this series of thirteen 26-minute made-for-TV episodes will screen on October 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Cinémathèque québécoise.
William Klein :
Presented with the Cinémathèque québécoise, in partnership with the Bureau de la mode de Montréal, the French General Consulate in Quebec and the René-Malo chair at UQAM.
American photographer, director and painter William Klein changed our way of seeing with his photos of fashion, sports and social inequality. He will honour us with his presence for an event on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Salle Claude-Jutra, hosted by Robert Daudelin. The William Klein Retrospective, featuring 23 films, will take place from October 11 to 28 at the Cinémathèque québécoise, while the exhibition of 22 of his photographs and photograms will run from October 11 to November 4 at the Foyer Luce-Guilbault.
Brilliant French filmmaker Carole Roussopoulos, who spent her life filming women, is no longer with us. Emmanuelle de Riedmatten’s film Carole Roussopoulos, une femme à la caméra shows her tireless efforts to further women’s rights through her involvement in the working class struggle, gay rights and feminism, which she proudly defended. She went where no one had gone before, using her camera to paint glorious portraits of women fighting for change.
Stephen Dwoskin started out as a photographer and designer before discovering New York’s fascinating underground film scene. The experimental filmmaker passed away this year at the age of 73, just prior to the screening of his last film at the Locarno Festival in June. Age is… will be shown October 14 at 9 p.m. and October 17 at 5 p.m. at the PHI Centre, Space B.
A flamboyant creator, stylist and fashion critic, Gilles Gagné was a larger-than-life personality who leaves behind many colourful memories. The FNC pays him tribute with Claude Taillefer’s Dali*Spécial Dali, where he is shown with Salvador Dali, as well as a surreal feature shot at the St. Regis New York and an episode of Camera ’90 titled Gilles Gagné: Farfelu, pas fou!!!, which portrays him as fashion’s enfant terrible. Finally, the most recent images of Gilles in Cut it off, a 68 seconds' film by musician David Sanders.
P’tits Loups presented by Archambault
There’s no shortage of fun films in this year’s P’tits Loups section! Week ends at 10am and 1pm at Théâtre Outremont, parents and budding cinephiles aged 3 and over can catch five entertaining shorts lasting a total of 58 minutes: Corrida, Le Renard qui suivait les sons, Grand prix, L’Automne de pougne and Limaçon & caricoles will be screened October 14 at 10 a.m. at Théâtre Outremont. For children aged 6 and over, the following six shorts (63 minutes) will be shown October 20 at 10 a.m. at Théâtre Outremont: Le Sucre (special jury mention at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie), A Sea Turtle Story, Apeurée (with the voice of famed actor Jean Rochefort), Coast Warning, Berlin Recyclers and Le maillot de Cristiano. Family programming for children aged 8 and over includes eight shorts (75 minutes) to be screened October 13 at 1 p.m. at Théâtre Outremont: Chasse-galerie millénium, a Quebec tale brought to life using recycled materials; Fungi: Frida’s Submarine, a colourful film in English that will introduce young audiences to subtitles; Irsus; Bad Gones; Kali le petit vampire, La Mule têtue et la télécommande, Les Poissons, a paper cut-out animation; and Luminaris, winner of the Audience Award at the Annecy Festival. Young audiences aged 5 and over can also catch the medium-length films (20 minutes or more) Mon tonton ce tatoueur tatoué and Les premiers humains by Daphnée Cyr, with the participation of kids from Hochelaga–Maisonneuve who were asked what they thought of their neighbourhood. Last but not least are the three feature-length films: Jean de la lune, Moon man (4 and over), Mélusine et les chevaliers du trésor (6 and over) and Le Jour des corneilles (8 and over) based from the novel by Jean-François Beauchemin.
The FNC has developed a reputation for its evening events, and this year’s edition will not disappoint, with parties scheduled for 10 consecutive nights at Festival headquarters and the PHI Centre. Things kick off on Friday, October 10, with a party presented by Air France, to celebrate Simon Galiero’s feature-length debut, La Mise à l’aveugle (Small Blind). DJ Why Alex, Why? and Vincent Lemieux will be spinning tunes, and the collective APM300 will light up the Festival headquarters with their geometric screens. On Friday, October 11, DJ Archibald Singleton and DJ Baby Audi will create a unique and futuristic ambiance using Benoît Charest’s soundtrack to the opening film for the Focus section, Mars & Avril. On Saturday, October 12, festivalgoers can discover the fascinating world of hypnosis and its secrets with a special performance by filmmaker and “master hypnotist” Albert Nerenberg. Also on the program is a Toast to Japan! reception in honour of the Nikkatsu retrospective, in collaboration with the Japan Foundation and the Japan General Consulate in Montreal. Later on in the evening, there will be a screening of The Chemical Brothers: Don’t think, the musical and cinematic event of the year, followed by a set by DJ Cherry Cola. Not to be missed is Albin de la Simone’s Films fantômes, an all-in-one concert, talk, exhibition and cocktail event, to be held October 13 at the PHI Centre, presented by the French General Consulate in Montreal, in collaboration with the French Institute, the Festival du nouveau cinéma and the PHI Centre. In all, 9 “phantom films” will be performed by musicians and actors (including Sophie Cadieux and Marc Labrèche). At Festival headquarters, DJs Jordan Dare and Mike Mind will be sharing their techno grooves, inspired by French artist Vitalic’s original soundtrack to the film The Legend of Kaspar Hauser. Budding Aboriginal filmmakers who took part in the Wapikoni Mobile project will be showing their most recent creations at a special screening on October 14. Other events during the week include Kino Kabaret de Montréal; the 14th edition of Sprint for Your Script; an alternate reality game evening with detective DJ Suspect to mark the launch of the Web series Le judas; La Soirée Mode Montréal, presented by the Bureau de la mode de Montréal and the Cinémathèque québécoise, as part of the William Klein retrospective; a TFO show an evening with emerging music directly broadcasted from the FNC Headquarters all over Canada through TFO channel; the Montreal/Brooklyn exhibition; an invitation by Mess with the Best to Suicide Hotel for the screening of Patrice Leconte’s Le Magasin des suicides, followed by a party with five DJs switching off on the turntables. Saturday, October 20, after the screening of the closing comedy Camille Rewinds (Camille Redouble) by Noémie Lvovsky, the audience is invited to shake it down with DJ Thomas Von PARTY, little bro of the famed DJ Tiga. The party will no doubt stretch into the early hours — a perfect way to wrap up 10 nights of Festival fun.
Once again this year, the FNC is pleased to present the Cartes blanches section. On the heels of the project’s successful 2011 edition, the FNC asked seven filmmakers from Quebec and Canada to make a short film on the theme of “Liberté chérie” (Cherished Freedom). Anne Émond, Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette and André Turpin, Kevin Papatie, Jean-François Caissy, Félix Dufour-Laperrière and Istvan Kantor all jumped at the opportunity to try their hand at Cartes blanches. What they come up with is sure to be amazing!
Throughout the 11 days of the Festival, the Cartes blanches films will be randomly revealed to festivalgoers at the start of each screening. And starting October 4, they will be available exclusively on the Festival website at www.nouveaucinema.ca. From October 10 to 21, the films will also be projected on a giant screen at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des spectacles as part of the Waterfalls interactive installation created by artist Daniel Iregui (Iregular), in association with the Quartier des spectacles. A selection of the Cartes blanches 2011 and 2012 will also be available in the Berri-UQAM metro station starting October 4, in association with the STM.
Another new feature of this ambitious project is audience participation. To finalize the production and postproduction of the Cartes blanches films, the Festival is asking for support from the public through the online participatory financing platform touscoprod. A strong supporter since 2010, the Festival is proud to have helped the platform expand across Canada. To help finance the Cartes blanches films on touscoprod: http://www.touscoprod.com/project/produce?id=377. The project was made possible through the support of Vision Globale, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, SODEC, ARRQ, Motor vfx, Main Film and touscoprod.
FNC Lab: installations/performances, films, interactive works/Web projects, lectures
The FNC Lab continues its exploration of experimental and extended cinematography, and the crossover between cinema, arts and new technologies, through event- and performance-based works and occasional virtual projects. For a second consecutive year, a selection of interactive works and Web projects has been nominated for the Innovation award, to be judged by Bruno Masi, Philippe Lamarre and Pascale Barret. These include In Situ by Antoine Viviani; Sprawl II by Vincent Morisset; Tetrageddon by Nathalie Lawhead; and Kool-Aid Man in Second Life by (hyper)media artist Jon Rafman, creator of the photo series Nine Eyes of Google Street View, whose latest film/exhibition Qutuz will be premiering at the PHI Centre on October 19. Also on the program is the Radio as Music cycle, a tribute to Glenn Gould in which FNC Lab and the magazines Intermédialités and Circuit turn the spotlight on Gould’s lesser-known radio compositions and video shorts. The screening of the experimental documentary The Idea Of North (Judith Pearman, Glenn Gould) will be followed by a presentation of Radio as Music, an unfinished video recording by Gould exploring the synchronization of image and sound (PHI Centre, October 18). In addition, two performances, presented in collaboration with Mutek, will celebrate the creative potential of radio: The Hallicrafters (Eric Hubel & Algis Kizys) and a musical act performed on a car by composer Ben Shemie (Festival headquarters, October 13). One year after the screening of The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (Marie Losier), the FNC is extremely proud to present, in collaboration with the Festival Phénomena, a performance by Thee Majesty (Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Bryin Dall and Edley O’Dowd) (Cabaret du Mile-End, October 20), as well as the exhibition The Eyes of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge at La Centrale. The FNC Lab and Segal Centre will be saluting the work of performance art pioneer Carolee Schneemann. Festivalgoers can catch the Canadian premiere of Marielle Nitoslawska’s groundbreaking new film, Breaking the Frame, accompanied by a program of films contextualizing Schneemann’s works (Erotic Experimental Cinema of the Sixties) and a lecture at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with the artists in attendance. Several performance artists from here and around the world will present their eclectic visions of film in very different ways: the Parisian collective Nominoë draws inspiration from light shows to rethink the image as a light projection; New York artist Shana Moulton has her hypochondriac alter ego experience a world made up of hallucinatory video projections; Stéphane Gladyszewski, a choreographer and creator of unexpected images, offers individual audience members the chance to engage in a bold tête-à-tête — an astonishing fusion of body, image and technology that takes performance art to a whole new level. Be sure to catch it at the PHI Centre, October 19–20. In the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, festivalgoers can also discover Waterfalls, an interactive work by Daniel Iregui (Iregular). Developed around the water fountains in the Place des Festivals and the FNC’s Cartes blanches short film series, the installation invites passersby to join in the creative process. And to continue exploring the meaning and relevance of the avant-garde, a selection of short and feature-length experimental films will be shown in theatres.
FNC Pro presented by Vision Globale
Over three consecutive days (October 15, 16 and 17), FNC Pro participants will be kept busy with lectures, panel discussions, case studies and cocktail parties. This year, the event will be held at the PHI Centre in Old Montreal — a perfect spot for film, television and new media professionals to meet and talk shop. Renowned international players such as David Carzon (ARTE France), Boris Razon (France Télévisions), Serge Schick (Ina EXPERT) and Erika Trautman (FlixMaster) will share their experiences and discuss specific challenges: how to take advantage of new broadcasting modes and create new platforms? Why invest in experimental work and the development of innovative content? How to envisage the future of audiovisual production in the age of mobility and hyperreality? The FNC Pro also has the pleasure of welcoming major figures in Canada’s media landscape, notably Suzanne Laverdière (Vidéotron s.e.n.c.), Deborah Drisdell (NFB), Nathalie Clermont (Canada Media Fund) and Olivier Trudeau (CBC/Radio-Canada). FNC Pro participants will be able to attend lectures on innovative audiovisual productions such as Lost Rivers (Catbird Productions), In Situ (Providences), Le judas (Couzin Films/Kung Fu Numerik) and Un vendredi soir au club vidéo (NFB). FNC Pro is presented by Vision Globale in collaboration with the Canada Media Fund, the PHI Centre and the Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision du Québec (BCTQ), with Le lien multimédia as official media partner.
There are three awards in the International Selection – Feature Films competition: the Louve d’Or presented by Québecor which, for a fourth year running, is accompanied by a $15,000 prize to the best first, second or third film from the International Selection. Jury members are Luc Bourdon, Robert Daudelin and Carole Laure.
The Best Acting Award recognizes the best performance by an actor out of all the films in the International Selection. The Daniel Langlois Innovation Award highlights the exceptional contribution of Daniel Langlois to the development and continuing success of the Festival du nouveau cinéma, as well as his tireless commitment to advancing knowledge in culture and the arts. The award recognizes a work in the International Selection that stands out for its daring aesthetics, creative use of new technologies or groundbreaking treatment of sensitive subject matter.
The AQCC Award (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma) recognizes the best film in the International Selection. The jury is made up of Élie Castiel, Olivier Lamothe and Jean-Marie Lanlo.
The Focus section also includes a competitive selection, with the new Focus Grand Prize presented by Air France ($5,000 in cash and $2,500 in plane tickets) for the best feature film from Quebec or Canada. Jury members are Henri Béhar, Fabienne Hanclot and Marie Losier.
Once again this year, audiences will be invited to vote for the best feature in the Temps Ø section to select a winner for the Temps Ø People’s Choice Award.
In the International Selection – Short Films, the Loup Argenté presented by TFO ($5,000 in cash) will go to the best film in this category. The jury is made up of Judy Gladstone, Vanya Rose and Nicolas Roy.
The Focus Grand Prize – Short Films presented by CTV’s Bravo!FACT-Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent ($5,000 in cash) will be awarded to the best short film from Quebec or Canada in the Focus section. The jury is made up of Salette Ramalho, Alexandra Schmidt and Magali Simard.
In the FNC Lab section, new this year, the Innovation Award – Interactive Works/Web Projects will come with $1,000 in cash for the most innovative work created for new platforms. Jury members are Pascale Barret, Philippe Lamarre and Bruno Masi.
Tickets and General Information
From September 25 to October 3, on La Vitrine, the PASSE::FNC will be available at a discount (regular price: $125/students and seniors: $100). For details, visit www.lavitrine.com.
PRE-SALES from October 6 to 9, at the main ticket office, Festival headquarters (Agora HydroQuébec at UQÀM’s Cœur des sciences at 175, avenue Président-Kennedy/corner of JeanneMance, Place-des-Arts metro, 80 bus), from noon to 8 p.m. Individual tickets, ticket booklets and the PASSE::FNC will be available for purchase.
Individual tickets and booklets can also be purchased by phone at 514 844-2172/1 866 844-2172 or through the Admission Network at 514 790-1245/1 800 361-4595. Individual tickets can also be purchased online at www.admission.com and www.nouveaucinema.ca.
Tickets: regular $12; students/seniors $8; children under 12 $7; with Accès Montréal card $10 (upon presentation of the card, for all FNC screenings Monday to Friday, matinées only, including 5 p.m. screening).
Booklet of 6 tickets for $60.
PASSE::FNC (all screenings except closing film, catalogue and poster) regular $150; students/seniors $125. PASSE FNC PRO includes all three FNC PRO days (October 15, 16 and 17), the opening cocktail party, catalogue and poster. Regular three-day pass $295; one-day pass $150. PASSE::FNC+ (FNC + FNC PRO, opening cocktail party, catalogue and poster) regular $395.
The FNC, in partnership with the STM, the official transportation of the Festival, offers OPUS card holders 2 for 1 on regular price tickets for screenings at the Imperial Cinema (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon) and the Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin upon presentation of their card from Monday to Friday (except October 10).
Upon presentation of the Allo Stop membership card, get 2 for 1 on all FNC screenings except the opening and closing films.
For screenings in the P’tits Loups section, buy one adult ticket and get one children’s ticket free upon presentation of your Accès Montréal card.
Starting October 6, the official catalogue of the Festival will be available at a cost of $7 and the poster at a cost of $5. The schedule is free.
Hotel packages are available — see www.nouveaucinema.ca for details.
For more information, call the Info-festival line at 1 866 844-2172 or 514 647-5076, or visit our website and plan your Festival outings at www.nouveaucinema.ca.
The 41st edition of the Festival du nouveau will run from October 10 to 21, 2012, at the following venues in Montreal: Excentris, Cinéma Parallèle, Imperial Cinema (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon), Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin, Cinémathèque québécoise, PHI Centre, Théâtre Outremont, Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts, Place des festivals in the Quartier des spectacles, and the Festival headquarters in the Agora Hydro-Québec at UQÀM’s Cœur des Sciences.
And, for a fourth year running, part of the FNC’s Focus lineup, selected by Michel Savoy, will be shown at the Cinéma Cartier in Quebec City from November 9 to 15.
Headed by president Martin Desroches and directors Nicolas Girard Deltruc and Claude Chamberlan, the Festival du nouveau cinéma is presented by Québecor and is made possible by funding from SODEC, Telefilm Canada, the Ministère du Tourisme, the Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire, the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and Canadian Heritage. The Festival also thanks its major partners Air France and the STM, its official suppliers and all the distributors for their support.