Festival du nouveau cinema – Montreal moviegoers should have no respite right now: in addition to all the blockbusters Hollywood has sent to screens in the last three months of the year – including several Oscar nominees – our city plays host to a large number of festivals. Those interested in more daring and experimental things have had their fix this month with the Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC), now two more cinematic events dedicated to specific audiences arrive in November.
The Cinemania festival, an original idea of Maidy Teitelbaum which now presents its 24th edition, is a serious and engaging attempt to bridge our two linguistic solitudes. Cinemania specializes in films made in French-speaking countries, but all are presented with English subtitles. This festival takes place from November 1 to 11 and this year will present 67 feature films from 13 countries. Swiss cinema will be in the spotlight this year, with a focus on the works of Ursula Meier, representative of the new generation of European filmmakers who chaired the jury of the Camera d’Or section at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
The opening film will be “Doubles vies” (“Non-Fiction” is its English title) directed by Olivier Assayas and starring Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet and Vincent Macaigne. I had the opportunity to see this film at the Toronto Film Festival, and I highly recommend it: it is a witty dark comedy with some dramatic aspects too, and above all, it touches on many contemporary issues, from married life in the future of print. books. Alexis Michalik’s “Edmond”, centered on the creation of the play Cyrano de Bergerac, will be the closing film.
Cinemania venues will be the Imperial Theater, the Outremont Theater, the Cinema du Parc, the Cinema du Musée and the Cinémathèque québécoise. For detailed information on this event, visit festivalcinemania.com
Documentaries are the subject of next month’s other big festival: the Montreal International Documentary Festival will be held from November 8 to 18. “What Walaa Wants” by Canadian director Christy Garland, which focuses on the life aspirations of a young woman wanting to join the security forces amidst family and social tensions, is the opening film. “John McEnroe: The Realm of Perfection” by Julian Faraut, narrated by Mathieu Amalric and centered on the maverick tennis player, will be the closing film. The titles of these two films give a good idea of the scope of the subjects covered by this festival: from political questions to sports, including environmental, artistic and other social issues. There may be topics for everyone’s interests.
A total of 147 films from 47 countries (including short, medium and feature films) will be screened, divided into two main categories: Official Competition and Panorama. The screenings will take place at the Cinémathèque québécoise, the Cineplex Odéon Quartier Latin, the Cinéma du Parc, the Cinéma Moderne and the Auditorium de la Grande Bibliothèque.
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Characteristic picture: Maidy Teitelbaum, Founder and President of Cinemania, with the Managing Director and the programmers of this festival which presents French films with English subtitles