'10 1/2,' 'Curling' bookend Nouveau Cinema fest

A pair of Quebec-made pics — Daniel Grou-Podz’s story of a troubled child, “10 1/2,” and Denis Cote’s “Curling” — will bookend the 39th Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, it was announced Tuesday.

Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” Catherine Breillat’s “The Sleeping Beauty,” Stephen Frears’ “Tamara Drewe” and Mathieu Amalric’s “Tournee” are among the 295 films from 51 countries unspooling Oct. 13-24.

In recent years, the fest has worked hard to up its Canadian programming and that continues with a line-up that includes Bruce McDonald’s “Music From the Big House,” Jean-Pierre Lefebvre’s “La Route des cieux” and Maxime Giroux’s “Jo for Jonathan.”

The more challenging fare will be in the Temps 0 section, which will include “Hisss,” an Indian pic featuring man-eating snakes, and the world premiere of Olivier Abou’s “Territoires,” a France-Canada co-production about the extremes of American patriotism.

There will be a tribute to Quebec helmer Pierre Falardeau, who died last year, that will include the world preem of the docu “Falardeau,” directed by German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia.

There will also be retrospectives of the pics of Pierre Etaix and Chinese helmer Wang Bing and a tribute to German helmer Werner Schroeter.

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