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250 Films Head To Canada's Longest Running Festival

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 23, 2009 at 5:59AM

The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal has announced a lineup of over 250 films from 48 countries for its 38th fest. The festival will open with the world premiere of Quebecois filmmaker Claude Demers' "Les Dames en blue" (Ladies in Blue) and close eleven days later with Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu's "Les derniers jours du monde" (Happy End). In between, a wide variety of films will screen in ten different programs, including 18 films competing for the festival's $15,000 grand prize, the Louve d'Or. Among them: Giorgos Lanthimos's "Dogtooth," Margaret Corker's "Eamon," Sean Baker's "Prince of Broadway," Frederic Dumont's "Un Ange a la mer" (Angel at Sea), Alexis Dos Santos' "Unmade Beds," Radu Jade 's "The Happiest Girl In The World," and Johan Grimonprez's "Double Take."
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The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal has announced a lineup of over 250 films from 48 countries for its 38th fest. The festival will open with the world premiere of Quebecois filmmaker Claude Demers' "Les Dames en blue" (Ladies in Blue) and close eleven days later with Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu's "Les derniers jours du monde" (Happy End). In between, a wide variety of films will screen in ten different programs, including 18 films competing for the festival's $15,000 grand prize, the Louve d'Or. Among them: Giorgos Lanthimos's "Dogtooth," Margaret Corker's "Eamon," Sean Baker's "Prince of Broadway," Frederic Dumont's "Un Ange a la mer" (Angel at Sea), Alexis Dos Santos' "Unmade Beds," Radu Jade 's "The Happiest Girl In The World," and Johan Grimonprez's "Double Take."

Other major films having their Quebec premieres at the festival include Harmony Korine's "Trash Humpers," Lee Daniels' "Precious," Lone Scherfig's "An Education," Lars von Trier's "Antichrist," Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces," Hirokazu Kor-Eda's "Still Walking," Adam Elliot's "Mary and Max," Reginald Harkema's "Leslie, My Name Is Evil," George A. Romero’s "Survival of the Dead," Bong Joon-ho's "Mother," Elia Suleiman's "The Time That Remains," and Jacob Tierney's "The Trotsky."

The festival will present a retrospective on director Jane Campion, presenting her complete body of work across the festival, as well as Austrian director Kurt Kren and Quebec actro Reynald Bouchard. The festival will also screen "50 Years of Cuban Cinema" in a special program celebrating the Cuban Film Institute.

The festival runs October 7-18, 2009.

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