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    44th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal announces the works in competition in the Nouvelles écritures

    The Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) has just announced the works in competition in the “Nouvelles écritures” section. This year, six productions were selected for their ability to push the limits of interactivity and impressiveness to deliver content, whether documentary or fiction, that is engaged, creative and always surprising. The works in competition are: The […] More

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    FNC 2014: ‘Xi You – Journey to the West’

    Presented in the FNC Lab section, that features experimental and more minimalistic films, Tsai Ming Lang’s Xi You- Journey to the West is a beautiful and stylistic piece on Lee Kang Sheng and his very slow walk that he films in different spaces. In Ming Lang’s words: “In 2011, Lee Kang Sheng walked very slowly on the stage during my play called Only you. His performance was so perfect that I decided to film it”. Xi You is Tsai Ming Lang’s latest film out of his six “Walker” film series that seek to document the particular walk. It takes place in the city of Marseille, France.
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    FNC 2014: ‘Evolution of a Criminal’

    Evolution of a Criminal is Darius Clark Monroe’s first film. Produced by Spike Lee, who happened was Darius’ film teacher, it won the Special Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival. A recent graduate from the NYU Film School, as we learn at the end of his film, Darius undergoes the original project of documenting his own life, and what happened to him, which not your ordinary teenage years. In 1997, at 16 year old, Darius Clark Monroe robbed a Bank of America and stole a huge amount of money along with two accomplices and friends. Following that, in what his prosecutors called a “lucky” sentence he spent 5 years in prison to be released only at 22, thus spending among the most formative years of his life in jail. More

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    5 Must See Films in FNC’s Focus Section

    While Festival du Nouveau Cinema is not known for showcasing a large number of world premieres, the Focus section is always the exception. Taking a look at Quebec and Canadian features, films large and small are allowed space to find an audience. The section consistently features a large number of adventurous first time filmmakers, making […] More

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    The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Unveils its First Films

        The 43rd edition of the Festival du nouveau cinéma showcases the best new films and filmmakers from around the world. The festival which has often been described as ‘ baby-TIFF’ – picks up the best from Berlinale, Cannes, Venice, Telluride, Toronto and more – and demonstrates the vibrancy of filmmaking in all its forms and for […] More

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    FNC 2013: ‘L’inconnu du lac’ proves that sex on the beach can be deadly

    There is a certain simplicity in Alain Guiraudie’s L’inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake) not seen in many films these days. However, that is not to say this is a simple film; it happens to run deep with emotion, stimulation, and humor. The story is set in what appears to be the early 1990s in the south of France, where local men gather around a crystalline lake to swim, sunbathe in the nude, and cruise. Starring Pierre Deladonchamps as Franck, a sensitive and curious young man; and Christophe Paou as Michel, a seductively dangerous stranger, the film is suspenseful, sexy, and smart, not to mention beautifully shot. More

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    FNC 2013: ‘Stray Dogs’ is one of the most unique films of the year

    Tsai Ming-Liang has built a reputation for himself as one of the foremost artists of contemporary cinema. His work is often lauded for its challenging ideas, careful pacing, and incredible compositional sense. His newest film Stray Dogs (rumoured to be his last) is about an alcoholic father and his two children struggling to survive in Taipei. Blending stark realism with elements of fantasy and absurdity, there is little doubt that this is one of the most unique films of the year, offering a singular vision of the world. More

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