Festival du Nouveau Cinema

Autumn is my favorite season.

Not only because of the picturesque beautiful orange tree leaves and the burgundy panorama that give me goose bumps every time I pass by them, but because of the amazing film festivals happening in Montreal: the Festival des Films du Monde, and the Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC). The latter one is ongoing right now, it ends tomorrow on sunday. It showcases films from all over the world, with particular emphasis on the selections from big movie festivals such as the Cannes Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival.

Among the films they were screening, a few have sparked my attention.

First, there is “l’Appolonide: souvenirs de la maison close”, by Bertrand Bonello. In the dawn of the XXth century: L’Apollonide, a house of tolerance, is living its last days. In this closed world, where some men fall in love and others become viciously harmful, the prositutes share their secrets, their fears, their joys and their pains…

Then there is “Melancholia” by Lars Von Trier. Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth… Lars von Trier creates a spellbinding, visually gorgeous and often-moving alloy of family drama.  

Last but not least, “Snowtown” by Justin Kurzel. The story revolves around a 16 year-old boy, Jamie, who begins a friendship with a charismatic man. His world becomes threatened by his loyalty and fear of his newfound father figure, John Bunting: Australia’s most notorious serial killer. An absolutely mesmerizing, uncompromising movie masterpiece.

So go ahead and watch some movies at the FNC, if you have not done so already. You still have two more days to catch up !

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