Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010: Ricky D Recommends 5 Must See Genre Films
For over 38 years, the Festival du nouveau cinema has contributed to the success of innumerable independent works, both local and from afar. It has introduced to audiences such Canadian and Quebec luminaries as François Girard, Atom Egoyan, Denis Villeneuve, Guy Maddin, Léa Pool, as well as international artists who have today earned worldwide acclaim.
Not too long ago the festival added a new program titled “Temps Ø” in which festival programmer Julien Fonfrède assembles an incredible lineup of groundbreaking and provocative genre films from around the world. In previous years the program included the North American premiere of the Academy Award winning Hurt Locker and Joon-ho Bong’s Mother. This year’s line up proves once again strong and there is quite a bit to choose from. So for anyone who just doesn’t have the time to watch every movie, I decided to assemble a list of five films you should not miss from the program.
The Silent House (La Casa Muda)
The Silent House (La Casa Muda) directed by Gustavo Hernandez and photographed by Pedro Luque (Ataque de Pánico), is the first Latin America film (and the second world wide) to have been filmed by a photographic camera. It also claims to be the first horror film to be filmed in one single shot using the SLR digital, a Canon EOS 5D Mark and a minimal low budget of $6000. If you’re a fan of Blair Witch Project, [Rec] and Paranormal Activity, you should certainly be interested in seeing this movie. Screened at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, The Silent House generated a tremendous amount of buzz and was labeled by Twitch has a remarkable exercise in atmosphere.
Laura (Florencia Colucci) and her father Wilson (Gustavo Alonso) settle down in a remote cottage in order to renovate it since its owner (Abel Tripaldi) will soon put the house up for sale. They will spend the night there in order to start the repairs the following morning. Everything seems to be going smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside and gets louder and louder in the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs alone waiting for her father to come down. The plot is based on a true story that happened some time ago in a small village in Uruguay. La Casa Muda focuses on the last seventy eight minutes, second by second, when Laura intends to leave the house which hides a terrible secret and she hopes to leave unharmed.
The Last Circus (Balada Triste de Trompeta)
Despite his incredible talents, Álex de la Iglesia’s is a director that continues to go unnoticed by most cinephiles. He’s a genius when working with dark comedies as seen in his previous films The Day of the Beast, Perdita Durango, The Commonwealth and Perfect Crime. His latest feature The Last Circus, a parody about the Spanish Civil War, follows two clowns who attack and disfigure one another in a jealous rage over a beautiful dancer. In the name of love, they eventually destroy the very object of their affection and therefore destroy themselves. Unfortunately I can’t find a trailer online, but I recommend the following video to anyone who understands Spanish.
What hasn’t the Sound On Sight staff not said about director Gareth Edwards’ Monsters? The answer is something negative.
John McEntee of Sound On Sight called Edwards“ a youthful Terrence Malick directing an early script revision of Close Encounters of The Third Kind, Monsters is an exhilarating triumph that serves as a strong contender for the film of the year.” (read the full review here)
Al White who had a chance to catch the screening at Frightfest 2010 went on to call it “Incredibly emotive, sad, funny, thought provoking, calming and patient.” (read the full review here)
and Al Kratina says “Monsters is a captivating, multilayered, and complex film..” (read the full review here)
Watch the trailer after the break and see the movie at the festival.
Japanese writer/actor/director Takeshi Kitano returns to the genre that brought him international acclaim. That’s right, Kitano is back in the Gangster genre with his new film titled Outrage.
Outrage, which tells of a bloody gang war among rival factions of Tokyo’s Sanno-kai crime gang, is Kitano’s first yakuza flick since 2000’s Brothers, and the Japanese actor/writer/director promises to dream up new and exciting ways to kill.
Kitano, better known for his stage name Beat Takeshi, told reporters at the Cannes premiere that there were no deep, thoughtful reasons for returning to the gangster genre. He simply wanted to, and we are glad he did.
Based on the bestselling novel Kohuhaku by Kanae Minato, Confessions is one of Japan’s most important films of the year. The Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan has selected Confessions as their representative entry at the 83rd Academy Awards. Tetsuya Nakashima, whose previous films (Kamikaze Girls, Memories of Matsuko, Paco and The Magical Picture Book) have all been large successes (some cult, some critical) within their homeland, has, until now, not seen wide-scale recognition within America.
A stylized mixture of cruelty and compassion, the film spins the dark tale of vengeance of a teacher whose little daughter has been killed by two of her students in seventh grade.