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The 44th FNC unveils the 19 films to be screened in the focus section including 12 in competition

The 44th FNC unveils the 19 films to be screened in the focus section including 12 in competition

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The 44th Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) has announced the 19 films, including 12 in competition, that will make up this year’s selection for the Focus section, a showcase for productions from Quebec and Canada.

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The 12 films in the running for the Grand Prix Focus are:

Les Êtres chers (Quebec/Canada) by Anne Émond (here making its Quebec premiere after its world premiere at Locarno in August), starring Maxim Gaudette and Karelle Tremblay as a father and daughter followed over a 20-year period.

Anna (Quebec/Canada) by Charles-Olivier Michaud (with Anna Mouglalis, Pierre-Yves Cardinal and Pascale Bussières), the story of a kidnapped photojournalist who endures the same abuse as the young Asian women she’s been photographing; the tragicomic fantasy.

Le coeur de madame Sabali (Quebec/Canada) by Ryan McKenna and starring Marie Brassard as Jeannette, who receives a heart transplant from a savagely murdered Malian woman; Michael Rowe’s exploration of what it means to be a couple in 2015.

Early Winter (Canada/Australia), starring Paul Doucet and Suzanne Clément.

Fatima (France/Canada) by Philippe Faucon, an account of the day-to-day life of a Moroccan immigrant woman trying to assimilate French cultural codes and values.

How Heavy This Hammer (Canada) by Kazik Radwanski, which follows Erwin, a man-child living in the world of online role-playing games.

Ninth Floor (Quebec /Canada) by Mina Shum, a feature documentary about a demonstration — the largest in the history of Canada — that took place at Sir George Williams University (later a campus of Concordia University).

Patch Adams, grand rectum de l’Université de Foulosophie (Quebec/Canada) by François Gourd and Mélanie Ladouceur, a tribute to doctor/clown Patch Adams.

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The Sandwich Nazi (Lebanon/Canada) by Lewis Bennett, an account of an art collector and former gigolo who hands out sandwiches to the homeless in a low-income Vancouver neighbourhood.

Sleeping Giant (Canada) by Andrew Cividino, about the summer vacation of a teenage boy living with a painful secret.

Transfixed (USA/Canada) by Alon Kol, a documentary about the life of a transgender couple with Asperger’s syndrome.

Yo (Mexico/France/Canada) an adaptation of Nobel Prize in Literature winner J.M.G. Le Clézio’s by Matias Meyer.

Seven films will also be screened out of competition: Chienne de vie (Quebec/Canada) by Hélène Choquette; Le garagiste (Quebec/Canada) by Renée Beaulieu starring Normand d’Amours and Louise Portal; The Randy & Evi Quaid Compilation (Quebec/Canada) by Mathieu Grondin; The Lion’s Path (Quebec/Canada) by Stéphan Beaudoin with Sébastien Delorme; The Saver (Canada) by Wiebke von Carolsfeld; Born to be Blue (Canada/England) from Robert Budreau starring Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker and L’origine des espèces (Quebec/Canada) from Dominic Goyer with Marc Paquet et Elise Guilbeault.

The 44th edition of the Festival du nouveau cinéma runs from October 7 to 18, 2015, in Montreal.

The full lineup of the 44th Festival du nouveau cinéma will be announced at a press conference on Tuesday, September 29 at 11 a.m.