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Dogtooth, Still Walking and Yu Irie’s 8000 Miles among FNC’s 38th Edition

Canada’s most avant-garde film festival have released their entire slate for their 38th edition. Apart from Lee Daniel’s pegged for Oscar – Precious, Lone Scherfig’s An Education, Lars von Trier’s Antichrist and Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces (Los abrasos rotos), this year’s edition is filled to the gills with obscure titles and names that even a hardcore connoisseur of world cinema such as myself is unfamiliar with.

I’ve just completed an exhaustive 35 film slate at TIFF and I’ve got very little time to recharge the batteries for The Festival du nouveau cinéma. Canada’s most avant-garde film festival have released their entire slate for their 38th edition. Apart from Lee Daniel’s pegged for Oscar – Precious, Lone Scherfig’s An Education, Lars von Trier’s Antichrist and Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces (Los abrasos rotos), this year’s edition is filled to the gills with obscure titles and names that even a hardcore connoisseur of world cinema such as myself is unfamiliar with. Along with their regular sections: International Selection (top festival prize and section given reserved for filmmakers with 1st, 2nd or 3rd films), Special Presentation, International Panorama, Focus (Quebecois and Canadian features) and my fav. section Temps Ø (where you’d find Harmony Korine and Bong Joon-ho’s latest) there is a short films section with stellar director names and this year we have a Jane Campion retrospective, an encounter with German helmer Andreas Dresen. Among the titles at the top of my list and tht I couldn,t fit into my TIFF schedule, I’m interested in Radu Jude’s The Happiest Girl in the World, Xiaolu Guo’s road-ish movie She, a Chinese and a Japanese film debut from Yu Irie called 8000 Miles about “a slacker wannabe rappers in the Tokyo suburbs”. Here’s the complete slate below, look for our coverage to commence early next month.

Opening: Les Dames en bleu (Ladies in Blue): Claude Demers (Quebec/Canada)
Closing: Les derniers jours du monde (Happy End) by brothers Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu (France)

International Selection: Louve d’Or
Dogtooth (Kinodontas), Yorgos Lanthimos 
Double Take, Johan Grimonprez
Eamon, Margaret Corkery 
La Famille Wolberg, Axelle Ropert
Fausta: La Teta Asustada, Claudia Llosa 
The Girl (Flickan), Fredrik Edfeldt 
The Happiest Girl in the World (Cea mai fericita fata din lume), Radu Jude
Holland, Thijs Gloger 
Katalin Varga, Peter Strickland 
Koma, Ludwig Wüst
Left Handed, Laurence Thrush
Prince of Broadway, Sean Baker
The Red Race, Chao Gan 
Should I Really Do It? (Bunu gerçekten yapmali miyim?), Ismail Necmi
Les Signes Vitaux, Sophie Deraspe
Skidlove, Ryan Arnold 
Un Ange à la mer (Angel at Sea), Frédéric Dumont
Unmade Beds, Alexis Dos Santos

Special Presentation
An Education, Lone Scherfig
Antichrist, Lars von Trier 
Bluebeard, Catherine Breillat 
Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl, Manoel de Oliveira
Broken Embraces (Los abrasos rotos), Pedro Almodóvar
Handsome Harry, Bette Gordon
Irène, Alain Cavalier
Mark, Mike Hoolboom
Mary and Max, Adam Elliot
Ne change rien, Pedro Costa
No one knows about Persian Cats, Bahman Ghobadi 
PilgrIMAGE, Peter & Mira Wintonick
Still Walking (Aruitemo aruitemo), Hirokazu Kore-Eda 
Tales from the Golden Age, Christian Mungiu, Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Höfer, Räzvan Märculescu, Constantin Popescu
La Terre de la folie, Luc Moulet 
Three Wise Men (Kolme viisasta miestä, Mika Kaurismäki
The Time That Remains, Elia Suleiman

International Panorama
Bandaged, Maria Beatty 
Behind Jim Jarmusch, Léa Rinaldi 
La Collection invisible, Rita Azevedo Gomes 
D/s, Jacques Richard & Maîtresse Leïa 
Demain dès l’aube, Denis Dercourt 
Dirty Mind, Pieter Van Hees 
Goodnight Irene, Paolo Marinou-Blanco
Guts (Agallas), Samuel Martín Mateos et Andrés Luque 
House of Satisfaction, Jesse Hartman 
It Came from Kuchar, Jennifer Kroot
La Merditude des choses (De helaasheid der dingen), Félix Van Groeningen 
Meredith Monk: Inner Voice, Babeth M. Vanloo 
Persona non grata, Fabio Wuytack 
Precious, Lee Daniels 
Ramata, Léandre-Alain Baker 
Rapping with Shakespeare, Michael King 
Rien à perdre, Jean-Henri Meunier 
Le Roi de l’évasion, Alain Giraudie 
She, a Chinese, Xiaolu Guo
Slovenian Girl (Slovenka), Damjan Kozole 
Tears of April, Aku Louhimies
To Die Like a Man (Morrer como um homem), Joao Pedro Rodrigues
Women Interrupted, Ali Benkirane, Julian West, Burhan Qurbani, Natasja Andre de la Porte, Stéphane Lapointe, Renaud Ducoing, Iria Gomez Concheiro

Focus
All Fall Down, Philip Hoffman 
Le Chômeur de la mort, Benjamin Hogue, Pierre-Luc Gouin 
Cole, Carl Bessai 
Crackie, Sherry White 
Élégant, Yan Giroux
The Killing Boys, Eugène Garcia
Leslie, My Name is Evil, Reginald Harkema
Né pour être sauvage: l’histoire trouble de WD-40, Pierre-Alexandre Bouchard & Alex Jones
New Denmark, Rafaël Ouellet
Nuages sur la ville, Simon Galiero
Open Diaries, Sasha A. Schriber
Passenger Side, Matt Bissonnette 
The Trotsky, Jacob Tierney 
Visionnaires Planétaires (Earth Keepers), Sylvie van Brabant
Viva El Cubec Libre, François Cronen Gourd, Mélanie Ladouceur 
Wapikoni: Escale à Kitcisakik, Mathieu Vachon 
The Wild Hunt, Alexandre Franchi 
Zed in Tokyo, Vali Fugulin

Temps Ø
Omar Majeed’s Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam
George A. Romero’s George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead
Riad Sattouf’s Les Beaux Gosses 
Yu Irie’s 8000 Miles
Brillante Mendoza’s Kinatay
Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers
Bong Joon-ho’s Mother
Jiří Barta’s In the Attic
Koji Wakamatsu’s United Red Army
György Pálfi’s I Am Not Your Friend
Mamoru Oshii’s Musashi: The dream of the last samurai
Gustav Deutsch’s FILM IST. A Girl & A Gun

Retrospective / Tribute / Encounter

Jane Campion Retrospective: complete body of work.

Encounter with Andreas Dresen: 3 Films Grill Point (Halbe Treppe), 2002; The Policewoman (Die Polizistin), 2000; and Silent Country (Stilles Land), 1992.

50 years of cuban cinema: Mauricio’s Diary (Paginas del Diario de Mauricio) by Manuel Pérez Paredes (2006), Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del Subdesarrollo) by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (1968) and Vampires in Havana (Vampiros en La Habana) by Juan Padrón (1985).<br><br>

Tribute to Kurt Kren<br><br>

Tribute to Reynald Bouchard<br><br>

Special Screening: Ed Lachman’s Life for a child<br><br>

Spotlight on turkish cinema: Conscience by Erden Kiral, Men on the Bridge by Asli Özge, Two Lines by Selim Evci

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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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