Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Announces Line-up

Léa Pool’s Double Sentence is among the Canadian documentaries at Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

By Pat Mullen

After last week’s impressive news that Festival du Nouveau Cinéma scooped the premiere of Denis Villeneuve’s hotly anticipated blockbuster Blade Runner 2049, which many pundits expected to launch at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Montreal fest unveiled its full set of muscles this week. The documentary front is rather strong considering that Montreal also hosts RIDM this fall. The FNC doc line-up includes some of the hotter documentaries from Cannes including Claude Lanzmann’s Napalm, Barbet Schroeder’s Le Vénérable W., and Vanessa Redgrave’s Sea Sorrow.

Highlighting the Canadian front at FNC is a new doc by Léa Pool, Double Sentence, an eye-opening film that considers life behind bars for women in prison who must choose to leave their kids behind or bring them with them to serve their time. Canadian docs also include Innu Nikamu: la grande tradition by Kevin Bacon Hervieux and other Canadian documentaries at the festival tend to push the boundaries of non-fiction filmmaking with Denis Côté‘s bodybuilding shape-shifter A Skin So Soft, Wayne Wapeemukwa’s hybrid fiction Luk’Luk’I, and Mike Hoolboom’s experimental essay film Incident Reports representing the maple leaf.

On the international front, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma offers Jennifer Brea’s festival favourite Unrest in both its feature documentary and virtual reality forms, the “donkumentary” Donkeyote, Amos Gitai’s West of the Jordan River and Elvira Lind’s dance doc Bobbi Jene, which joins Marco la Villa and Mauro la Villa’s Black and White Stripes: The Juventus Story in the special presentations programme. Stories of culture and diversity appear in Tala Hadid’s House in the Fields, Orwa Al Mokdad’s 300 Miles, Fernando Pessoa’s Histoires que notre cinema (ne) racontait (pas), Raed Andoni’s Ghost Hunting, There’s also George Butler’s bodybuilding doc Pumping Iron II: The Women if anyone needs a companion piece for the Côté.

Visit Festival du Nouveau Cinéma to view the complete line-up.