Friday, September 25, 2009

News: The Festival du nouveau cinéma's Line-Up of Canadian Films

Just like me, were you pissed off because you had to stay in your hometown while the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was happening? Well, it appears that the wait is over! In fact, the Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) - which will be taking place in Montreal from October 7 to 18 - has revealed its line-up of Canadian films. Besides, this goes without saying that most of these films were previously shown at the TIFF.

So here's the list of feature films and (a few) documentaries. By the way, each film's description is taken directly from the media release that was sent to me.

  • Les Signes vitaux (dir.: Sophie Deraspe)
    A film about generosity, humanity and the gift of self in the private moments between a young woman and the old people she meets in the final stages of their lives.
  • Un ange à la mer (Angel at Sea) (dir.: Frédéric Dumont)
    Difficult and disturbing subject matter—the psychological abuse of children—is treated with sensitivity and subtlety in this award-winning (Karlovy Vary) first feature.
  • Mark (dir.: Mike Hoolboom)
    After his film editor’s unexpected suicide at age 35, Mike Hoolboom decides to make a biography in film. An outstanding work that shows the astonishing capacity of cinema to bring a human presence back to life. The director’s highest achievement to date.
  • All Fall Down (dir.: Philip Hoffman)
    Philip Hoffman’s meditative exploration of time and place filtered through the story of a 19th-century First Nations activist and the filmmaker’s personal journal in the landscape of southern Ontario.
  • Le Chômeur de la mort (dir.: Benjamin Hogue and Pierre-Luc Gouin)
    Bursting with rare archival footage, an uplifting portrait
    of Claude Péloquin that is also a moving tribute to one of the maddest and most singular personalities Quebec literature has ever produced.
  • Cole (dir.: Carl Bessaï)
    A moving and thought-provoking story about a young man who is torn between his dreams and his family obligations. Shot in the spectacular landscape of Lytton, British Columbia.
  • Crackie (dir.: Sherry White)
    A sad, triumphant coming-of-age story shot in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. A teenage girl living with her eccentric grandmother (Mary Walsh) looks for connection and a way out of the “nuisance grounds”. A moving first feature about a quiet fighter and moments of joy.
  • Élégant (dir.: Yan Giroux)
    Yan Giroux documents the disquieting implosion of the band Chocolat as they perform two shows in the Magdalene Islands at their absolute drunken worst, with disastrous consequences.
  • The Killing Boys (dir.: Eugene Garcia)
    An unusual suspense thriller styled as a faux documentary following two brothers with a strange addiction to crime.
  • Leslie, My Name Is Evil (dir.: Reginald Harkema)
    The boring, predictable life of a chemist is about to change when he is called to jury duty at the Manson Family trial. An insightful, challenging and entertaining analysis of politics and pop culture.
  • Né pour être sauvage: l’histoire trouble de WD-40 (dir.: Pierre-Alexandre Bouchard)
    A tour through the private lives of the Chicoutimi boys who formed the alternative rock band WD-40 and are still standing after 15 years in a rough business.
  • New Denmark (dir.: Rafaël Ouellet)
    From presence to absence, pain to confusion, a profound meditation on the search for a loved one who has disappeared. The drama of a 16-year-old girl and all things left unsaid.
  • Nuages sur la ville (dir.: Simon Galiero)
    A darkly hilarious tale that hinges on the missed signals between irritating old-guard intellectuals and their aimless offspring. Insider postmodern angst around the pitfalls of media and art.
  • Open Diaries (dir.: Sasha A. Schriber)
    After her daughter runs away, a 38-year old divorced woman is rejuvenated by having sex with men young enough to be her son. Is it possible to be in love and have a healthy relationship?
  • Passenger Side (dir.: Matthew Bissonette)
    A deliciously acid road movie involving two estranged brothers, a dollar store full of eccentrics, the wilderness of Los Angeles, and a nebulous goal.
  • The Trostky (dir.: Jacob Tierney)
    A teenage boy fervently believes he is Trotsky reincarnated in this decidedly Montreal comedy and surprise hit of the year. All we can say is, “Long live the Revolution!”
  • Visionnaires planétaires (dir.: Sylvie Van Brabant)
    Director Sylvie Van Brabant travels the planet with eco-activist Mikael Rioux to illuminate the collective vision of the world’s leading authorities on environmental protection.
  • Viva el Culbec libre (dir.: François Cronen Gourd and Mélanie Ladouceur)
    Pataphysicist and Neo-Rhino party leader François Cronen Gourd’s humble documentary about his excursion to Cuba to forge artistic links between Quebecers and Cubans.
  • Wapikoni, escale à Kitcisakik (dir.: Mathieu Vachon)
    The Algonquin First Nations community of Kitcisakik
    welcomes filmmaker and instructor Mathieu Vachon, a member of the extraordinary Wapikoni Mobile program connecting Aboriginal youth to their own and other cultures through music and video art.
  • The Wild Hunt (dir.: Alexandre Franchi)
    When role-playing becomes real in a pseudo-ancient ritual, the actors plunge headlong into a dangerous game where the rules no longer apply. Montreal native Alexandre Franchi rearranges the chessboard in this unnerving fantasy.
  • Zed in Tokyo (dir.: Vali Fugulin)
    Filmmaker Vali Fugulin admiringly documents a unique collaboration between François Girard and the Cirque du Soleil to create the troupe’s first permanent production
    in Japan.

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