The Festival du nouveau cine´ma (FNC) has been shining the spotlight on experimental cinema for over 40 years. Werner Schroeter was our guest in the ’70s, and in 2013 the Festival awarded a Louve d’honneur to renowned experimental filmmaker Jonas Mekas. The FNC continues its mission of showcasing hybrid works using experimental, expanded and multi-disciplinary cinematic forms. The FNC Lab section, where these innovative practices take centre stage, features a series of much-awaited events that uphold the experimental genre, in which artists and filmmakers call on a variety of techniques to make audiences question and reflect on the fundamental identity of cinema in order to propel it forward.
In the FNC Lab film competition, 25 films are presented in the short film category. Some of the biggest names in experimental film are here, including Alexandre Larose, Vincent Grenier, Matias Meyer, Kazik Radwanski, Steven Woloshen, Philip Hoffman and Mike Hoolboom. Six films are in competition in the feature film category. Among them are Journey to The West by Tsai Ming Liang, the latest by Isabelle Prim as well as Wilhelm Sasnal and Anka Sasnal, and, opening the section, the world premiere of Transatlantique by Félix Dufour-Laperrière. On Thursday, October 9 at 8 p.m., observe and share the daily lives of a cargo ship crew and get a glimpse of some of the hidden beauty of this capricious maritime reality.
To watch the FNC Lab trailer, click here.
The art of portraiture pushed to its limits and put to the test through film. Dreamed portraits, fictional portraits and fragmented portraits. Portraiture filtered through the eyes of experimental filmmakers to expand our view of the world while examining it in depth.
- Le champ des possibles, Matias Meyer | Mexico/Canada
- Cutaway, Kazik Radwanski | Canada
- Wildnis, Helena Wittman | Germany
- Sugarcoated Arsenic, Claudrena Harold & Kevin Jerome Everson | U.S.
- 130919 • A portrait of Marina Abramovic, Matthu Placek | U.S.
- Adeline for leaves, Jessica Sarah Rinland | U.K.
- Working to beat the devil, Adam Gutch & Chu-Li Shewring | U.K.
The art of found footage, but most importantly, the thousand-and-one ways to bring archives, memories and memorial artifacts to life. A thousand-and-one ways to make today speak of yesterday and yesterday of today. Brilliant essays that create bridges and displacement in time and space. Fascinating.
- The Dark, Krystle, Michael Robinson | U.S.
- 1000 Plateaus, Steven Woloshen | Quebec/Canada
- Under the influence, Jack Holden | U.K./Germany
- Odessa Crash Test, Norbert Pfaffenbichler | Austria
- In light, in!, Ken Paul Rosenthal | U.S.
- Fragments #2, Pedro Ferreira | Poland/Portugal
- Slaughterhouse, Philip Hoffman | Canada
- Where we stand, Lindsay McIntyre | Canada
- Second Nature, Mike Hoolboom | Canada
Experimental films based primarily on observation and its effects on our senses and perception. Films that enter the soul stealthily, like a caress that never leaves us. Films that are beautiful, sometimes disturbingly so.
- Pour Gently Don’T Overflow, Nancy Baric | Quebec/Canada
- Darkroom, Billy Roisz | Austria
- Brouillard- Passage#15, Alexandre Larose | Quebec/Canada SPANS Robert Todd | U.S.
- Watercolor (Fall Creek), Vincent Grenier | Canada/U.S.
- Sur la route, à l’aube, Antoine Racine | Quebec/Canada
- Graminoids, Lars Koens & Demelza Kooij, | U.K.
- Pastoral, Dan Browne | Canada
- Will o’ the wisp, Andrew Kim | U.S.
- Before we go, Jorge León | Belgium
- Le souffleur de l’affaire, Isabelle Prim | France
- Lisbon revisited, Edgar Pêra | Portugal
- Parasite (Huba), Wilhelm Sasnal & Anka Sasnal | Poland
- Transatlantique, Félix Dufour-Laperrière | Quebec/Canada
- Xi You (Journey To The West), Tsai Ming Liang | France/Taiwan
- Ming Of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys In The Air, Phillip Warnell | U.S./U.K./Belgium
- Outlandish: Strange Foreign Bodies, Phillip Warnell | U.K.
- Quand Je Serai Dictateur, Yaël André | Belgium
- Recommended By Enrique, Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia | U.S.
The 43rd edition of the Festival du nouveau will run from October 8 to 19, 2014, at the following Montreal venues: Théâtre Maisonneuve, Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin, Cinéma du Parc, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin annexe (Cinéma 1), Concordia University (Alumni Auditorium, J. A. de Se`ve Cinema), Hyatt Hotel, the Festival Dôme on the Place des Festivals, the Agora Hydro-Québec in UQAM’s Cœur des Sciences and other temporary locations.
Tickets can be purchased starting October 4 by phone at 514.790.1111 or 1.866.908.9090, online at www.ticketpro.ca and www.nouveaucinema.ca or on Festival grounds, at the main ticket office in the Dôme on the Place des Festivals.