New Cinema Festival – The 49th edition of the Festival du nouveau cinema (FNC) has also adapted to the new conditions created by COVID-19, and it is being presented in a hybrid format. There are a few shows with the public in attendance in a driving-in especially installed at Parking Lot 11 of the Trudeau Airport, and a more extensive selection of films available online. Nicolas Girard Deltruc, Director-General of the FNC, stated in a press release: “As early as last spring, we made the decision to maintain our 49th edition in a hybrid form, online and indoors. Today, I congratulate us on this wise choice, which allows us to offer moviegoers across the country an edition filled with discoveries and eagerly awaited films, as is the tradition at the FNC.” The 2020 edition of the festival will be running from October 7 to the 31. For this year and just looking at the description and origin of the movies, diversity seems to be one of its characteristics.
The International Competition presents these titles: “Atlantis,” Valentyn Vasyanovych (Ukraine); “Bad Roads”, Natalya Vorozhbit (Ukraine); “The Cloud in her Room,” Zheng Lu Xinyuan (China, Hong Kong); “Desterro,” Maria Clara Escobar (Brazil, Portugal, Argentina); “Êxtase,” Moara Passoni (Brazil, USA); “Kill it and Leave this Town,” Marius Wilczynski (Poland); “Servants,” Ivan Ostrochovsky (Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Ireland); “The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs,” Pushpendra Singh (India); “This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection,” Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho, Italy, South Africa); “Topside,” Logan George et Celine Held (USA).
I had the chance to see “Atlantis” at last year’s Toronto Festival, and it is a drama that I strongly recommend. Set in a post-apocalyptic Ukraine after a devastating war, a soldier suffering from PTSD and a young woman whose work is to exhume bodies, cross their lives. Awe-inspiring cinematography contributes to enhancing the many angles of this drama, which, although set in the near future, may well bring images that seem too present today.
The section that showcases national movies allows to watch these titles: “Il n’y a pas de faux métier,” Olivier Godin (Quebec); “Sin La Habana” (“Without Havana”), Kaveh Nabatian (Quebec and coproduced with Cuba); “Violation,” Dusty Mancinelli and Madeleine Sims-Fewer (Ontario); and “Judy Versus Capitalism,” Mike Hoolboom (Ontario).
Les incontournables (The Inescapable) is a section that presents movies by renowned directors. On this occasion, the list includes: “Conference,” Ivan Tverdovskiy (Russia, Estonia, UK, Italy); “There is no Evil,” Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran, Germany, Czech Republic), Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival; “Undine,” Christian Petzold (Germany, France); “Uppercase Print,” Radu Jude (Romania); and the documentary “Wim Wenders, Desperado,” Campino and Eric Friedler (Germany).
Not every film falls in the category of “new,” this year the FNC is also featuring some old cult movies, among them: “The Shining” (Stanley Kubrick), “Pink Floyd: The Wall” (Alan Parker), “Total Recall” (Paul Verhoeven), and a “Mad Max” night featuring all four films. These movies will be shown at the Parking Lot 11 of the Trudeau Airport.
For detailed information including full descriptions of all films, schedules, and prices for each show visit www.nouveaucinema.ca/en
Feature image: “Atlantis” is a compelling Ukrainian movie directed by Valentyn Vasyanovich with an impressive photograhy