For its 41st edition, the Festival du nouveau cinéma is proud to announce the screening of four films from the Jafar Panahi Project. Produced by Marcel Jean and Galilé Marion-Gauvin, this initiative is directed by ten animation and experimental filmmakers. They agreed to work for free to claim the release of Iranian director Jafar Panahi, sentenced to six years in prison and banned from making films, travelling and doing any interviews.
The Festival will present the first 4 films of the project:
La cage by Pierre Hébert
Des femmes libres by Francis Desharnais
Free Speech by Steven Woloshen
Joda by Theodore Ushev.
The shorts will be screened before the different shorts programs during the Festival being held in Montreal from October 10th to 21th. The Jafar Panahi Project will go on until the release of the filmmaker.
Alongside these 4 films, the Festival presents 37 Quebec short films in its International Selection, Focus and FNC Lab sections.
27 films are in competition for the Loup Argenté for the best short film produced around the world in the last year.
This year’s selection features 5 short films from Quebec, including internationally acclaimed works such as Chef de meute by Chloé Robichaud, screened in international competition at the last Cannes festival, and Avec Jeff, à moto by Marie-Ève Juste, selected at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight last May. Gods, Weeds & Revolutions by Meryam Joobeur, Le Futur proche by Sophie Goyette (winner of the national grand prize at the Festival Regard sur le court métrage in Saguenay) and My Little Underground by Élise Simard make up the rest of the selection. An NFB co-production, Edmond Was a Donkey by Franck Dion, winner of the special jury prize at Annecy in 2012, will also be featured.
For the first time, TFO signed a major partnership with FNC and will give a $5,000 cash award to the winner for the Loup Argenté. FNC being accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the winner will automatically be shortlisted for the short film competition at the 2012 Academy Award.
Featuring films from Quebec and Canada, 17 out of the 21 works presented in competition are from Quebec.
One not to be missed is a short film by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette and André Turpin, Ina Litovski, presented at the 2012 Locarno International Film Festival.
Also in competition are
À l’aube by Émilie Lemay
Baby Blues by Pascal Plante
City of Wandering Souls by Thien Vu Dang
Daytona by François Jaros
Filmstripe by John Blouin
Faillir by Sophie Dupuis
Fly/Mouche by David Uloth
La boutique de forge by Olivier Godin
Là où je suis by Myriam Magassouba
Les choses horribles by Vincent Biron
Les Vestiges by Sarianne Cormier
Now We Got Ourselves a Wife! by Amaan Alavi
Périmés by Olivier Labonte LeMoyne
Planche à l’oeil by Ian Lagarde
Séfarade by Nicolas Krief
Taxi pour deux by Dan Popa
The short films in the Focus section compete for the grand prize awarded by CTV’s Bravo!FACT – Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent, which includes a $5,000 cash award to the winner.
In the FNC Lab section, where cinematic exploration is given free rein, short films from Quebec are well represented, with no fewer than 15 films on the program:
Acrobat by Eduardo Menz
Back View by Vincent Grenier
Ces femmes qui marchent by Yoakim Bélanger
Dynamique de la pénombre by Félix Dufour-Laperrière and Frédéric Dallaire
Expose by Li Alin and Cécile Martin
House Arrest by Richard Kerr
I Was Here by Philippe Léonard
L’Argent by Étienne de Massy
La Nuit obscure by Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt
Longuay by Daniel Canty
Never a Foot Too Far, Even by Daïchi Saïto
Outward Bound by Serge Cardinal
Portrait Zero by Michael Yaroshevsky
Triptyque II by Pierre Hébert
Waiting Room by Vincent Grenier.
And last but not least, two films coproduced by the NFB will be presented in the Wee Wolves section: Kali the Little Vampire by Regina Pessoa and L’Automne de Pougne by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux.
The 41st Festival du nouveau cinéma will be held from October 10 to 21, 2012 in Montreal at the following venues: Excentris/Cinéma Parallèle, Cinéma Impérial (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon), Cineplex Quartier Latin, Cinémathèque québécoise, PHI Centre, Théâtre Outremont, Théâtre Maisonneuve and Festival headquarters, located in the Agora Hydro-Québec at UQÀM’s Cœur des sciences.