The 37th annual Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema will include the Canadian preem of John Boorman’s “The Tiger’s Tail”; the world premiere of “Nos enfants nous accuseront,” from Gallic helmer Jean-Paul Jaud; and the North American preem of “A Lake,” from Philippe Grandrieux.
The entire lineup of the festival was unveiled Tuesday at a press conference in Montreal. The fest is the city’s edgier, more alternative film showcase.
Event, which runs Oct. 8-19, will screen 250 films from 60 countries, beginning with the world preem of Quebec helmer Olivier Asselin’s “A Sentimental Capitalism” and closing with Cannes Palme d’Or winner “The Class” from Laurent Cantet.
“It’s a banner year in terms of the diversity of films for all audiences,” said program director Claude Chamberlan.
There will be 27 features in the special presentation section, which includes many of the higher-profile offerings. They include Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married,” Agnes Varda’s docu “Les Plages d’Agnes,” Jiri Menzel’s “I Served the King of England,” Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration,” Nikita Mikhalkov’s “12,” Abel Ferrara’s “Chelsea on the Rocks,” Madonna’s “Filth and Wisdom,” Jerzy Skolimowski’s “Four Nights With Anna,” Terence Davies’ “Of Time and the City” and Samira Makhmalbaf’s “Two-Legged Horse.”
Nineteen features will compete for the Louve d’Or in the International Selection, including Quebec helmers Henry Bernadet and Myriam Verreault’s “A L’ouest de pluton” and U.K. helmer Steve McQueen’s “Hunger.” The U.S. documentary “A View From Below,” about a teenager from New Jersey who builds submarines, will have its world preem in the International Panorama section.
Boorman will receive lifetime achievement nod the Louve d’Honneur at the festival, and he will also give a master class. In addition, three of his previous films will screen: “Zardoz,” “Leo the Last” and “Deliverance.” Gallic director Abdellatif Kechiche also will attend the fest, which will screen three of his films. French helmer Jacques Doillon will give a master class as well and be on hand for the screening of his latest film, “Le Premier venu.”
There will also be a tribute to the avant-garde filmmaker Bruce Conner, who died in July.