The Montreal Festival of New Cinema (FNC) starts tonight with one of its usual suspects as Atom Egoyan will introduce to Montrealers his new opus, Guest of Honor, which encountered so far its share of mild reviews since its inception at this year’s TIFF. Our own Daria 2.0 at, saw things a bit differently but due to a critical embargo she had to restrain herself a bit (

Things really get kicking this thursday.

Overall program will include Cannes’ Palme d’or winner, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite (October 17th at Imperial Cinema) which will be accompanied by new films from past winners of the prestigious Palme: Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, Terence Malick’s A Hidden Life, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Le Jeune Ahmed and Costa-Gavras’ Adults in the Room

The (sometimes) outrageous Temps 0 section of the festival, under patronage from the avengelical Julien Fonfrède,  will bring some of its own classic Programmer/ director relationship with such names as Richard Stanley with Color out of Space , Mika Ninagawa’s Diner, Daisuke Miyazaki’s Videophobia and (of course) the inevitable absurdist Quentin Dupieux with new farce Le Daim (Deerskin).

Among classic ‘oldies’ David Cronenberg’s Crash (1996), with the director attending, will be shown in its digitally restored version. I still can’t believe (neither does the director) to this day (it opened in Montreal back in the days at the now defunct Loew’s Cinema Palace ) how it stirred so much hate upon its original release. Peter Suschitzky’s gorgeous cinematography and Howard Shore’s haunting music, one of his great scores, will surely benefit from this showing.

There is a lot to see if you want to dig into the program. Plus will report daily

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