From a press release
Staying true to form, the Festival du nouveau cinéma is proud to announce the addition of three surprise films to its lineup. Three works that will leave festivalgoers in awe over the final days of this 38th edition. There will be the much-anticipated The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke, Palme d’or 2009 at Cannes, as well as Rich Brother by Insa Onken, which will be preceded by the short Lost Dog by Sylvie Michel.
Thanks to the incredible collaboration of Métropole Films, the Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) will finally be able to present a special preview screening of The White Ribbon by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke this Sunday, October 18 at 11 a.m. in eXcentris’s Fellini Theatre. In a village in Protestant northern Germany, on the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual. Who could be responsible for such bizarre transgressions? Distributed by Métropole Films, the film will be presented in its original German version with English subtitles.
Also offered up as a treat to festival attendees, a free screening of the film Rich Brother by German filmmaker Insa Onken this Saturday, October 17 at 11 a.m. in eXcentris’s Fellini Theatre. Ben, "The lion of Cameroon" has just succeeded in becoming a professional boxer, yet his goal is higher: not only does he want to become a champion but "the world boxing champion". That way he will have fulfilled his family’s high expectations. Without a title or money, Ben cannot go back to Cameroon. He was the one his family chose to send to Europe and he must return a success, bringing them money, gifts and business connections. Together with Wolfgang, a non-professional yet dedicated trainer from the former Democratic Republic of Germany, Ben bushwhacks his way through the tough jungle of the boxing world. Under the enormous pressure of achieving success, their friendship eventually breaks up. Ben must make his way alone and soon begins to lose matches. Disheartened, he is just about to give up boxing when a golden opportunity arises and he gets an offer to fight for the world title. At last he can afford to fly back to Cameroon and face his family: the ticket is booked and no matter how the fight goes, Ben will fly.
The film will be preceded by the short Lost Dog by Sylvie Michel. In the outskirts of Berlin called "Gropiusstadt", a fight between teenagers takes on a new lead when a black dog emerges. The challenge in this short film, which deals with the theme of violence, was to combine humour, suspense and sensibility.
The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is presented by Quebecor in collaboration with eXcentris and made possible by funding from SODEC, Telefilm Canada, Ministère du Tourisme; Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire; Ville de Montréal; Canada Council for the Arts; Tourisme Montréal; Conseil des arts de Montréal; and Canadian Heritage. The Festival also thanks its major partners the STM and Solotech, its official suppliers and all the distributors for helping to make this 38th FNC possible.