The Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) will present 400 films and events from during its 46th edition from October 4 to 15, 2017. There are 43 world premieres, 15 international premiers, 45 North American premieres and 55 Canadian premieres from 68 countries in the following sections: International Competition, Focus Québec/Canada, Les incontournables, Les nouveaux alchimistes, Panormama international, Temps Ø, Histoire(s) du cinéma, Présentations spéciales, P’tits Loups, Rencontres pancanadiennes du cinéma étudiant, FNC EXPLORE, Events and a new section FNC Forum.
FNC Forum is an industry network incubator where professionals can forge connections through expert panels, cocktail parties and breakfast from October 10 to 13, 2017.
The opening film is the awaited Blade Runner directed by Denis Villeneuve, which will have its world premiere at Théâtre Maisonneuve on October 4. The closing film is Loving Vincent, the animated story of Van Gogh.“The idea is to have many films in Temps Ø that can go in other sections,” says Julien Fonfrède, programmer for Temps Ø and who programs in other sections as well. He programs films he knows he would like to go see as an audience member.
Here is my list of the top 5 films to check out this year!
Laissez bronzer les cadavres (Julien’s pick)
The title’s English translation is “Let the corpses tan”, which says a lot about this thriller action film where 3 robbers with 250 kg of gold try to hide in an abandoned town but are disturbed 2 cops and more. Expect blood and lots of bullets shot on the screen.
France/Belgium – Dir. Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani
Friday October 6, 2017: Cinéma Impérial at 9 p.m.
Sunday October 8, 2017: Cineplex Odeon Quartier Room 16 at 1:15 p.m.
Saul Indian Horse, a young Ojibwa boy, is torn from his family and sent to residential school where Aboriginal children were abused and mistreated to assimilate into Canadian culture to speak either French or English and adopting Christianity. Saul discovers hockey, which becomes his salvation and becomes a great player invited to play in the pro league.
Canada – Dir. Stephen S. Campanelli
Wednesday October 11, 2017: Cineplex Odeon Quartier Room 17 at 7 p.m.
Friday October 13, 2017: Cineplex Odeon Quartier Room 17 at 5 p.m.
In a first feature animation, Ali Soozandeh shows another side of the Islamic Republic of Iran where taboo subjects, such as drugs and corruption are present. We follow the sex lives of a prostitute, a musician and a housewife who intersect in the country’s capital.
Austria/Germany – Dir. Ali Soozandeh
Friday October 6, 2017: Cineplex Odeon Quartier Room 10 at 9 p.m.
Saturday October 7, 2017: Cineplex Odeon Quartier Room 17 at 3:30 p.m.
An all-girls boarding school is actually an organization of radical lesbian terrorists known as the Female Liberation Army (FLA) that uses porn as a propaganda tool to overthrow the patriarchy.
Germany – Dir. Bruce LaBruce
Friday October 13, 2017: Cinémathèque – Salle Fernand Seguin at 9 p.m.
Saturday October 14, 2017: Cinéma du Parc 1 at 9:30 p.m.
Les garçons sauvages (Julien’s pick)
Shot in black and white, this erotic fantasy is the first feature of director Bernard Mandico. After committing a horrible and vicious crime, five teenage boys are taken in charge by a captain who brings them to a mysterious and magical island where weird phenomena start happening.
France – Dir. Bernard Mandico
Sunday October 8, 2017: Cineplex Odeon Quartier Room 17 at 9 p.m.
Wednesday October 11, 2017: Cineplex Odeon Quartier Room 10 at 2:15 p.m.
Les nouveaux alchimistes
Festival du nouveau cinéma takes place from October 4 to 15. For more information, visit the FNC website HERE.
Tickets are $13/adults, students $9, and children $8.