Friday, October 14, 2011

Festival du nouveau cinéma 2011 begins!

Hello readers,

As promised some time ago, Between the Seats will provide coverage of the 2011 Festival du nouveau cinéma from Montréal. The festival began yesterday, Thursday October 13th and runs until Sunday October 23rd.

Unlike with Fantasia and the FFM, we have no prior experience with the FNC, which makes the event all the more exciting. Leafing through the program book offered an interesting perspective of what sort of film festival it is. More precisely, among the list of lined up movies I noticed several of the major critical hits from Cannes and TIFF (which we missed this year): Melancholia, Take Shelter, Shame, Sleeping Beauty, etc. Not that this sort of news discourages Between the Seats from visiting TIFF in 2012, but the knowledge that a mere month after TIFF's conclusion Montréal receives a lot of the same hits at the FNC, well, it makes the waiting game to see such films much easier .

As with the FFM in August, there are several work related constraints that will prevent us from offering Fantasia-esque thorough coverage, but we managed to snag 6 tickets (for the price of 5, so why not) and, if time permits, we might sneak in a 7th movie for kicks. As of now, reviews will be published for the following films:

Oslo, August 31st (2011, Joachim Trier)
Shame (2011, Steve McQueen)
The Turin Horse (2011, Bela Tarr)
Ha-shoter/Policeman (2011, Nadav Lapid)
Kotoko (2011, Shinya Tsukamoto)
Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D (2011, Takashi Miike)

Expect reviews to appear on the blog as soon as this weekend!

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