The 45th Montreal Festival of New Cinema (FNC) will begin (Wednesday) and end up North as the opening film, Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear, and the closing film, Zacharias Kunuk’s MALIGLUTIT (Imperial Cinema , 7 pm on Saturday, October 15th) are both set in Nunavut.

MALIGLUTIT illustrates the quest of an Inuit man hunting down his family’s kidnappers at the beginning of the 20th century.


The FNC runs from October 5-16.  Among the films shown are Andrea Arnold ‘s Cannes Jury prize, AMERICAN HONEY (October 6th, 7 PM, at Cinéma du Parc) a road trip on the dark side of America with Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf,  Oscar nominated Pablo Larraín’s new film, NERUDA (October 7th , 6 30 PM, Cinema Quartier Latin with E.S.T) starring Gael García Bernal as an inspector on the trail of famous poet Pablo Neruda in the 1940’s,  Cristi Puiu’s SIERANEVADA about a family gathering going wrong (October 8, 4PM and  October 13, 8PM at Quartier Latin, with E.S.T). SIERANEVADA is Romania’s submission to next year’s Oscars.


Guillaume Nicloux’s The END, starring Russian actor Gerard Depardieu… (Sunday October 9th, 6:30pm, Imperial Cinema and Thursday October 13th, 5 PM, at Quartier Latin) and Lucille Hadzihalilovic ‘s EVOLUTION (7 PM on October 13th at Pavillon Judith-Jasmin UQAM and 3PM Sunday the 16th at Quartier Latin) . Both are  top hits of the festival’s provocative Temps 0 section.

Asian Cinema has, once more, a strong presence with new opuses by South Korea Hong Sang-Soo, YOURSELF AND YOURS (Quartier Latin, 5 PM on Friday the 14th and at Imperial Cinema, 3 PM, Sunday the 16th) and Park Chan Wook’s MADEMOISELLE AGASSI (Imperial 19h30 on Sunday the 16th). Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda is back with AFTER THE STORM (Saturday October 9th , 1 PM, Imperial and Sunday October 16th, 5 PM, at Parc) plus many more.



There is also a double bill of Epic films by Filipino director Lav Diaz. First:  A LULLABY TO THE SORROWFUL MYSTERY (with its 8 hours length!!! is shown on Monday October 10th, 1 PM, at UQAM’s Pavillon Judith Jasmin) and then his most recent, the Golden Lion Winner at Venice Film Festival 2016, THE WOMAN WHO LEFT, is shown at Cinematheque Quebecoise at 7PM on Sunday October 16th. A reel two films marathon…

Special presentation include, Jim Jarmusch’s take on Iggy and the Stooges, the documentary GIMME DANGER (October 10th , 9 PM, at Quartier Latin) and the amazing Dutch animator Michael Dudok Dewit’s first feature (after years of award winning shorts), RED TURTLE , a unique collaboration with celebrated Ghibli studios (Sunday October 9th, 1PM, and Monday 10th, 7 PM at Quartier Latin)



Austrian Enfant terrible ULRICH SEIDL, not only presents the controversial SAFARI,  but he will give a Master Class and you should attend as he is quite something in person (5 PM at Cinema du Parc on October 13th).

Classics showings will bring, beside a selection of early Kieslowski, Michael Cimino’s overlooked YEAR OF THE DRAGON (Quartier Latin, 7 PM, on the 16th).  And  F.W. Murnau’s silent American classic, SUNRISE, (on October 6th, 7 PM,   Cinemathèque Québecoise) in a Cine-Concert format with accompaniment by par Olivier Mellano.



All week, you can check out for various offerings of the new FNC exPlore section including SAT 360 presentations and various immersive and interactive projects. The future of moving images.

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