Overview: 45th Edition of Festival du nouveau cinéma
Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) celebrates its 45th anniversary with independent films from around the world until October 16, 2016.
This year, the FNC presents a new section known as FNC eXPlore, which is made up of interactive, virtual reality works and installations exhibited along downtown walking tours. Open to the public and free, it includes 18 virtual reality works, two interactive and immersive films, and two installations of interactive films.
Here is my list of the top 5 films to check out this year!
Argentina/Austria/South Korea – Dir. Lukas Valenta Rinner
Belén (Iride Mockert) finds a job as a cleaning lady in a wealthy private neighbourhood. The family she works for lives in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. She quickly realizes why gates separate the area when she sees the residents are actually nudists.
Tuesday October 11: Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin Room 17 at 9:15 p.m.
Wednesday October 12: Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin Room 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Alipato: The Very Brief Life of an Ember
Philippines/Germany – Dir. Khavn De La Cruz
Last year, director Khavn De La Cruz presented a noir punk opera with Ruined Heart that was incredible. This year, he brings us a gang of young kids in a shantytown where they make their own rules. Expect catchy songs and beautiful cinematography.
Tuesday October 11: Pavillon Judith-Jasmin annexe (Salle Jean-Claude Lauzon) 9 p.m.
France/Iceland – Dir. Sólveig Anspach
Samir (Samir Guesmi) falls in love with widow Agathe (Florence Loiret Caille) who sends a man packing at a bar. Finding out she’s a swimming teacher at the municipal pool, he enrolls in her classes even if he can perfectly swim. How will Agathe react when she finds out the truth? Deceased director Sólveig Anspach brought the characters from her film Queen of Montreuil back to the screen in this dramatic comedy.
Wednesday October 12: Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin Room 10 at 3:30 p.m.
South Korea – Dir. Park Chan-Wook
Sook-Hee (Kim Tae-Ri) becomes the handmaiden of a wealthy Japanese heiress, Hideko (Min-Hee Kim) in a secluded countryside in 1930s Japanese occupied Korea. Though who is Sook-Hee, really, and what plans does she have in mind for Hideko? This sensual thriller drama from director Park Chan-Wook who gave us Oldboy and Thirst was acclaimed during its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Sunday October 16: Cinéma Impérial at 7:30 p.m.
Japan – Dir. Kôji Shiraishi
Sadako vs. Kayako, need I say more? As ridiculous as it sounds, the scary female curses of famous Japanese horrors Ringu (The Ring) and Ju-On (The Grudge) face off in this film to see who is the evilest curse. A must-see film for J-horror fans; expect some laughs.
Sunday October 9: Cinéma Impérial at 9:00 p.m.
Sunday October 16: Cinéma du Parc 2 at 5:30 p.m.
The Festival du nouveau cinema runs until October 16th. For ticket information, check their website.