Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinema offers eclectic fare
par CBC News
dans, 11 octobre 2007

The 36th edition of Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) launched Wednesday night with a red carpet premiere of Durs à cuire, an intimate look at the kitchen lives of Quebec's two hottest chefs.

The documentary road movie explores the underbelly of Montreal's restaurant kitchen demi-monde through the lives of Normand Laprise and Martin Picard, respectively executive chefs at Toqué and Le Pied du Cochon.

It's the first long feature for director Guillaume Sylvestre, who is part of a new breed of young Quebec and Canadian filmmakers being showcased this year at the FNC, festival organizers said.

"There are a lot of things happening in the margins" in Quebec and Canadian cinema, FNC programmer Julien Fonfrède told "We really want to push those filmmakers."

Other first-time films include Stéphane Lafleur's Continental, un film sans fusil, which premieres in Quebec after runs at the Toronto and Venice film festivals.

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's Le ring, and Les plus beaux yeux du monde from Charlotte Laurier and Pascal Courchesne will also premiere in Quebec at the FNC.

A first feature film from Quebec rocker turned author Jean Leclerc, previously known on stage as Jean Leloup, will make its world premiere during the festival's first weekend.

Leclerc was still in the final editing stage on Thursday and his film promises to be a "very crazy, insane experience," Fonfrède said.

Rounding out Canadian offerings are Bruce McDonald's The Tracey Fragments, Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg and Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces, which opened the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Oscar-nominated American director Todd Haynes brings his biographical film on Bob Dylan to Montreal, after filming most of it on the outskirts of the city. I'm Not There stars Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, Julianne Moore and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

American director Brian De Palma's controversial Redacted, a "fictional documentary" about the rape and death of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, is also part of this year's lineup, after winning a Silver Lion at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.

Cannes fallout

The FNC recasts some of the gems at this year's Cannes Festival including Palme d'Or winner 4 mois, 3 semaines et 2 jours, a sombre look at the final days of the Ceaucescu regime, by Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu.

Montreal festival-goers will also get a first peek at Persepolis, a French animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's poignant graphic novel about life under the Shah's regime.

Other Cannes picks include the French film Les chansons d'amour by Christophe Honoré, and Caramel, a first feature from Lebanese actress Nadine Labaki about five women who meet in a Beirut beauty salon.

The festival runs from October 10-21.
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