Montreal’s 38th Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC) kicks off next month, running 7 – 18 October, featuring – amongst other delights – a Jane Campion retrospective.
The director’s entire back catalogue plus new release Bright Star will screen from 8 – 17 October, in a programme entitled Jane Campion Retrospective: The fascination with strangeness. (The Film Archive in Wellington screens a less ambitious retrospective of her work this month.)
In collaboration with the Goethe Institut, FNC will screen three works by German director Andreas Dresen to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall: Grill Point / Halbe Treppe (2002), The Policewoman / Die Polizistin, (2000) and Silent Country / Stilles Land (1992). The director will attend a screening of his latest feature Whisky / Vodka on October 14.
After doing duty in Canada, East German-born Dresen will swap one country with an overbearing neighbour for another when he comes to Wellington to speak at the SPADA conference.
The festival screens over 250 films from 48 countries in its various sections: International Selection – Louve d’Or – Quebecor, Special Presentation, International Panorama, Focus, Temps ?, Short Films, Wee Wolves, Tribute and Retrospective and FNC Lab.
The Temps ? section opens with Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam by Omar Majeed, ‘an outlandishly joyous documentary on Western-style punk in the Muslim world’ (yes, really). Moving from birth to death, or after-death, veteran zombie wrangler George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) will attend to present his ‘cadaverous new work’ George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead.