Daily Picks for the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

High Rise. FNC. High Rise. FNC.

The FNC (Festival du Nouveau Cinéma), a major event on the Canadian movie scene, has been bringing together the public and the creators, the cinephiles and the professionals, for more than 40 years. It’s a space for sharing, discussing and meeting with other passionate movie lovers and makers. It is an incubator for new talents and therefor a springboard to make known new and original works, encouraging the development of avant-garde cinema and digital creation. From one year to another, the Festival has been acquiring new technologies to keep up with the fast moving world of the movie industry and to offer its viewers the best experience they could imagine. Honouring all types of movies, the festival has only one word to capture its atmosphere and it is: passion.

This year’s program, a very international program is very eclectic and can meet every audience taste as of the 300 films, multimedia installations, performances, conferences and events.
I have selected some of the movies that seemed very appealing and unmissable to us.



Love By Gaspar Noé

On January 1st in the morning, the phone rings. Murphy, 25, wakes up surrounded by his young wife and his two year old son. Electra’s mother is worried about her daughter who she hasn’t heard of. During a long rainy day, Murphy finds himself alone in his apartment and remembers his greatest love story, two years with Electra. A passion with all kinds of promises, games, excesses and mistakes…

The director will be present during the screening and we will have a short interview with him. The film played October 8 and 9.
Release date in theatres: November 27.



Room by Lenny Abrahamson

Ma and Jack, her 5-year-old son are imprisoned in a garden shed they call room. The mother is raising her child who has never been outside of the four walls. When they finally escape, the child discovers the world, and the story is told from his perspective.
The movie is an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue.

The film plays on October 10 and 13 (Cineplex Odeon Quartier Salle 10) at 1:30 p.m.
Release date in theatres : October 21.


High Rise. FNC.

High Rise. FNC.

High Rise by Ben Wheatley

Dr. Robert Laing moves near London into a new apartment in a new tower. He will soon discover that his neighbors, obsessed with a strange rivalry, do not intend to leave him in peace … Soon, he takes their game. And while he struggles to enforce his social position, his good manners and his sanity everything in the building begins to fall apart.

High Rise plays October 12 at 7:15 p.m. at Cineplex Odeon Quartier Salle 10 and October 14 at Cinema du Parc at 6:15 p.m.


Wilde Salomé and Salomé by Al Pacino

The director/actor goes on stage again, mixing rehearsals of the play, moments of some scenes of a film version, shot simultaneously with the same performers, and building a parallel life of its author, Oscar Wilde, visiting places that marked his life featuring interviews and archives.

To better understand the purpose of Al Pacino, we must have an idea of the piece itself. “Salome” is a tragedy written by Oscar Wilde, originally written in French (1891) and then translated into English three years later. The story was inspired by a biblical episode where Salome, stepdaughter of Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Galilee, who requires that the head of Jokanaan (John the Baptist) will be brought to him on a platter as a reward after doing the dance of the seven veils.

Wilde Salomé plays on October 12 at 12:30 p.m. at Cinema du Parc, October 15 at Auditorium Alumni H-110 at Concordia at 9:30 p.m., and October 18 at Cinema du Parc at 1:30 p.m.


Yakuza Apocalypse by Takashi Miike

Famous for his wild and wacky movies, Takashi Miike is back with Yakuza Apocalypse.
Akira admires Genyo Kamiura, the most powerful yakuza. Genyo has been the target of many attacks but never succumbed. He is seen as invincible.
The admiration of Akira for Genyo led him to enter the world of the yakuza, where his colleagues treat him like a fool. He can’t even get a tattoo because of the sensitivity of his skin. He is disappointed that this universe is nothing like displayed in the movies. Then one day an assassin is sent to kill Genyo, an assassin who is aware that Genyo is actually a vampire…

Yakuza Apocalypse plays October 13 at 7 p.m. at Cineplex Odeon Quartier Salle 10, and October 14 at 9 p.m. at Cineplex Odeon Quartier Salle 10


Much Loved by Nabil Ayouch

Present-day Marrakech. Noha, Randa, Soukaina and Hlima are prostitutes. Witty and partners in crime, dignified and empowered, they overcome the daily violence of a society that uses them the while condemning them.

This movie is a bit controversial coming from Morroco, and the subject is taboo. It presents a non-judgmental reality and it is clear the director did a lot of research as well as careful observation.

The movie was subjected to immediate and total censorship.

Check out Much Loved on October 14 at Auditorium Alumni H-110 at 9 p.m.

Les deux amis by Louis Garrel

Clement, a movie extra, is madly in love with Mona who works in a sandwich shop in a train station in Paris. But Mona was a secret, making her elusive and mysterious. Clement is desperate to get her favors. So Abel, his only and best friend, comes to help. Together the two friends embark on the conquest of Mona.

Les Deux Amis plays October 16 at Cineplex Odeon Quartier Salle 17 at 7 p.m. and Auditorium Alumni H-110 at Concordia on October 18 at 2 p.m.

Le Paradis by Alain Cavalier

Since childhood, I had the chance to live two mini depressions of happiness and I am expecting, , the third one. That’s enough to believe in the concept of life and its beauty and the pleasure of trying to film it in all its forms: trees, animals, gods, humans … and this at a time when love is alive. The filmmaker has lost some of his innocence. It’s so difficult to spot around you, so hard to not lose it during the shooting. My gratitude goes to those you look on the screen.
– Alain Cavalier

Le Paradis plays October 16 at CInema du Parc at 9 p.m.

Youth by Paolo Sorrentino

Fred and Mick, two old friends approaching eighty are enjoying their holidays in a nice hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, composer and conductor, now retired, has no intention to return to the music career that he has long abandoned a long ago, while Mick, director, is still working, rushing to finish the script for his last movie. The two friends know that time is running out and decide to face their future together.
But unlike them, nobody seems to care about the time passing by.
Release date : December 4.

Youth plays October 18 at Cineplex Odeon at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss this year’s edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma from October 7 to the 18th, 2015.
The program is available here.