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39th FNC: 2010 Edition is a Festival Heavy on Discovery

Over 295 films – this includes shorts, fiction and documentary, animation, retrospectives, tributes, professional panels, outdoor interactive installations, the festival which takes place between the 13th to the 24th of October, furiously promotes not only world talent, but local French Canadian filmmakers. Among the notable titles, we have Michelangelo Frammartino’s Le Quattro volte, Olivier Assayas’ Carlos and Alex de la Iglesia’s The Last Circus and Wang Bing is doing a Master Class for Venice-winning The Ditch. His epic 9 hour film Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks will also be shown as part of a retrospective.

Apart from the classic auteurs in the Special Presentations section, the 39th Festival du nouveau cinéma will be filled to the gills in new works from across the globe. I view the extremely popular film festival as sort of a B-side for film festival circuit items that generally find a spot in a major film fest such as Cannes and afterwards would normally fall through the cracks. Think the NYFF’s much wilder, Canadian cousin.

Over 295 films – this includes shorts, fiction and documentary, animation, retrospectives, tributes, professional panels, outdoor interactive installations, the festival which takes place between the 13th to the 24th of October, furiously promotes not only world talent, but local French Canadian filmmakers. Among the notable titles, we have Michelangelo Frammartino’s Le Quattro volte, Olivier Assayas’ Carlos and Alex de la Iglesia’s The Last Circus and Wang Bing will be in town for a Master Class for Venice-winning The Ditch. His epic 9 hour film Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks will also be shown as part of a retrospective. Here’s the complete list of films (minus shorts) below.

39th Festival du nouveau cinéma

Opening Film: 10½ by Podz
Closing Film: Curling by Denis Côté

International Selection: Louve d’Or
Ano Bisiesto, Michael Rowe
The Belgrade Phantom, Jovan B. Torodovic
Between Two Worlds (Ahasin Wetei), Vimukthi Jayasundara
L’Épée et la rose (A Espada e a Rosa), Joao Nicolau
Erratum, Marek Lechki (Poland); Huit fois debout (Eight Times Up), Xabi Molia
Inside America, Barbara Eder
Jo pour Jonathan (Jo for Jonathan), Maxime Giroux
Littlerock, Mike Ott
Mama, Nikolaï & Yelena Renard
Memories of Overdevelopment (Memorias del desarrollo), Miguel Coyula
Preludio, Eduardo Lucatero
Le Quattro volte, Michelangelo Frammartino
Silent Souls (Ovsyanki), Aleksei Fedorchenko
Susa, Rusudan Pirveli
Le Vagabond (Ha’Meshotet), Avishai Sivan
Vous êtes tous des Capitaines (Todos vós sodes capitáns), Oliver Laxe
WebSiteStory, Dan Chisu
When We Leave (Die Fremde), Feo Aladag

Special Presentation
Another Year, Mike Leigh
The Tree, Julie Bertuccelli
La Belle Endormie, Catherine Breillat
Biutiful, Alejandro González Iñárritu
Boxing Gym, Frederick Wiseman
Carlos, Olivier Assayas
Cell 211 (Celda 211), Daniel Monzon
The Ditch (Jiabiangou), Wang Bing
Film Socialisme, Jean-Luc Godard
Fin de concession (End of Concession), Pierre Carles
Homme au Bain (Man at Bath), Christophe Honoré
The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet
L.A. Zombie, Bruce LaBruce
Lignes de vie, Alain Mazars
Lola, Brillante Mendoza
Les Mains en l’air (Hands Up), Romain Goupil
Mammuth, Gustave Kerven, Benoît Delépine
Music from the Big House, Bruce McDonald
Mutantes: Punk Porn Feminism, Virginie Despentes
Nénette, Nicolas Philibert
New York Memories, Rosa Von Praunheim
Nostalgia for the Light, Patrico Guzmán
Over your Cities Grass will grow, Sophie Fiennes
Pepperminta, Pipilotti Rist
La Route des cieux, Jean-Pierre Lefebvre
Solutions Locales pour un désordre Global, Coline Serreau
The Strange Case of Angelica, Manoel de Oliveira
Submarino, Thomas Vinterberg
Tamara Drewe, Stephen Frears
Le Temps des amoureuses, Henri-François Imbert
Tournée, Mathieu Amalric
Tender Son – The Frankenstein Project, Kornél Mundruczó
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
White Material, Claire Denis

International Panorama
Aurora, Cristi Puiu
Burn out the Day, Cinque Lee & Sean Bohary
The Heart of Auschwitz, Carl Leblanc
Dancing Dreams, Anne Linseln & Rainer Hoffmann
Dirty Diaries, 12 female directors
Dirty Paradise, Daniel Schweizer
Donoma, Djinn Carrenard
The Drifter (Eine Flexible Frau), Tatjana Turanskyj
Elisa K., Judith Colell & Jordi Cadena
L’enfer de Matignon, Philippe Kohly
The Family Complete (Kazoku Complete), Imaizumi Koichi
Woman Without Piano (La Mujer sin piano), Javier Rebollo
Gigola, Laure Charpentier
Hitler in Hollywood, Frédéric Sojcher
Inside Job, Charles Ferguson
Just Between us, Rajko Grlic
Komeda: A Soundtrack for a Life, Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy
The Light Thief (Svet-Ake), Aktan Arym Kubat
Mamas & Papas, Alice Nellis
Tuesday After Christmas, Radu Muntean
Marieke, Marieke, Sophie Schoukens
Meat, Maartje Seyferth
As a Young Girl of Thirteen, Élisabeth Coronel, Florence Gaillard, Arnaud De Mezamat
Mundo Alas, Leon Gieco, Sebastien Schindel, Fernando Molnar
Rolling with Stone, Sarah Bertrand
Scientists under Attack, Bertram Verhaag
Shahada, Burhan Qurbani
Supermen of Malegaon, Faiza Ahmed Khan
Sex workers (and proud of it), Jean-Michel Carré
So Happy Together, Éric Toledano & Olivier Nakache

Focus
You don’t like the Truth: 4 Days in Guantánamo, Luc Côté & Patricio Henriquez
A Night for Dying Tigers, Terry Miles
Affinity Point, Deeh
Aluku Liba, Nicolas Jolliet
Deux fois une Femme (Twice a Woman), François Delisle
Falardeau, German Gutierrez, Carmen Garcia
Fathers & Sons, Carl Bessaï
La Fille de Montréal, Jeanne Crépeau
Jaloux, Patrick Demers
The Kate Logan Affair, Noël Mitrani
King of the L’Est, Simon Gaudreau
Neige et cendres (Snow and Ashes), Charles-Olivier Michaud
Oliver Sherman, Sauvage, Guillaume Sylvestre
Simplement Nous…, David Tousignant & Tomi Grgicevic

Temps Ø
The Last Circus (Alex de la Iglesia)
La Casa Muda (The Silent House) (Gustavo Hernandez)
Chatroom (Hideo Nakata)
Colorful (Keiichi Hara)
Confessions (Tetsuya Nakashima)
David Wants to Fly (David Sieveking)
Doman Seman (Go Shibata)
Enter the Void (Gaspar Noé)
Headless Family (Kote Aramboy)
Hisss (Jennifer Chambers Lynch)
The Intruder (Thanadol Nualsuth, Thammanoon Sakulboonthanom)
Kaboom (Gregg Araki)
Mad Dog Morgan (Philippe Mora)
Monsters (Gareth Edwards)
Outrage (Takeshi Kitano)
Raavanan (Tamil Version) (Mani Ratnam)
Rammbock (Marvin Kren)
The Sentimental Engine Slayer (Omar Rodriguez Lopez)
Shit Year (Cam Archer)
Territoires (Territories) (Olivier Abbou)
The Trashmaster (Mathieu Weschler)
We Don’t Care About Music Anyway (Cédric Dupire, Gaspard Kuentz)

Tributes/Retrospectives
Retrospective of Pierre Falardeau
Retrospective of Pierre Étaix
Retrospective of Wang Bing
Tribute to Werner Schroeter
Tribute to Roger Diamantis
Tribute to André Lamy
Tribute to Daniel Schmid
Tribute to Kathleen Hodgson Fleming

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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