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Every day, CULT MTL gives readers the key to the city. Combining cultural listings and recommendations of all kinds, the website/paper proves there’s always something to do in Montreal. But this time, CULT itself is the event. CULT MTL and the Festival du nouveau cinéma have booked crowd-pleasing Montreal trio LE MATOS for an electrifying performance. LE COULEUR, with their sweet, French-pop sounds, will also be there, bringing summer breezes with them.

Rendez-vous at 10 pm on October 12 at FNC Headquarters, 175, av. du Président-Kennedy Métro Place-des-Arts.

Listen to Le MATOS here





The FNC is pleased to invite you to four free open-air screenings in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles. Every night from Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 at 6.30 p.m., a feature film will be screened on the Parterre in the Quartier des spectacles:


Pink Floyd : Live at Pompeii, by Adrian Maben

The director will be here to present his film: shot in 1972, it is a recording of the legendary prog rock band performing without a live audience at the Pompeii amphitheatre.


Lola, by Jacques Demy

First film by Jacques Demy starring Anouk Aimée


La chute de la maison Usher, by Jean Epstein

A silent horror film directed by French avant-garde figure Jean Epstein and based on Edgar Allan Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher, accompanied by the Montreal’s Rock Forest band will play live.


Le Bon, la Brute et le Truand, by Sergio Leone

As part of its collaboration with the Fantasia Festival, the Django Project, the Festival will present the famous Western in English with French subtitles.


The FNC will present these four classics a stone’s throw away from its headquarters at the Agora Hydro-Québec in UQÀM’s Cœur des sciences, where, as in previous years, a number of free, festive events will take place.

The full lineup of the 42nd FNC will be announced at a press conference on Tuesday, September 24 at 11 a.m. at the Agora in UQÀM’s Cœur des sciences (175, av. Président-Kennedy, corner of Jeanne-Mance).


Drinks, tea and coffee will be provided on the Parterre of Quartier des spectacles! 




The Screen Chromira

Photo credit: Adad Hannah, represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain.

The Screen by Adad Hannah was commissioned by the Conseil des arts de Montréal to be awarded to our Festival, winner of the Grand Prix 2011.

Adad Hannah has produced commissioned projects for museums around the world and been exhibited and collected widely. He has been awarded numerous grants and prizes. His work can be found in the permanent collections of many institutions including Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, National Gallery of Canada, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Samsung LEEUM Museum, Seoul, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, and many others.

Adad Hannah is interested in the way the photographic moment is performed for a camera and his works often take the form of video-recorded tableaux vivants and photographies of these performances. Through his videos, photographies, and installations he explores the connections between photography, video, and performance and how the human body occupies this space.

For more information about Adad Hannah and his work, click here.





Find out the exclusive and much-awaited lineup of the FOCUS section, sponsored by Air France: a selection of 53 films from Quebec and Canada, a showcase for emerging talent by filmmakers from a wide range of backgrounds.

Don’t miss the preview of Diego Star”the first feature by Frédérick Pelletier, which will open the FOCUS section on October 10 at the Imperial Cinema! The feature starring Issaka Sawadogo and Chloé Bourgeois, follows the travails of a Côte d’Ivoire mechanic working aboard an aging cargo ship, the Diego Star.


The FOCUS lineup:


  • 12 features in competition : 

Diego Star (Quebec), by Frédérick Pelletier;

Chez Lise (Quebec), a documentary by James Galwey and Jeanne Pope that recounts a love story between two bipolar and schizophrenic people;

Gerontophilia (Canada), by notorious filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, who once again turns his camera on taboo sexual proclivities;

La ferme des humains - definitive version (Quebec), a multicultural chronicle of immigration and everyday hypocrisy by Onur Karaman;

Vann “Piano Man” Walls: The Spirit of R & B (Quebec), a documentary by Steven Morris about the musician Vann Walls and the origins of Rhythm & Blues;

Rhymes for Young Ghouls (Quebec), the first feature by Jeff Barnaby, shot on the Kahnawake reserve;

Secondaire V (Quebec), a documentary by Guillaume Sylvestre told from the viewpoint of kids from a multiethnic Outremont high school;

Spring & Arnaud (Canada) a documentary by Katherine Knight and Marcia Connolly about the shared passion of artist couple Spring Hurlbut and the late Arnaud Maggs, who passed away in 2012;

Un parallèle plus tard (Quebec), the first feature by Sébastien Landry about a hacker forced to go into hiding;

Une vie pour deux (Quebec), Luc Bourdon and Alice Ronfard’s film inspired by the play of the same name;

Uvanga (Quebec), by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu, the story of a mother who introduces her son to the Inuit family of his late father in the High Arctic;

White Wash (Quebec), by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais, winner of the Best New Narrative Filmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, which tells the story of a caterpillar driver who accidentally causes a fatal accident.


  • Six out-of-competition features: 

2 temps 3 mouvements (Quebec), the first feature by Christophe Cousin that recounts the journey of a teenage boy who immigrates to Quebec with his mother after his father dies;

All the Wrong Reasons (Canada) by Gia Milani, an ensemble film about the daily lives of four characters who struggle after a traumatic incident, one of the last films Glee star Cory Monteith shot before he died;

Érection Canada, l’histoire du parti Rhinocéros du Canada de 1963 à 2013 (Quebec) by foolosopher and jokeologist François Yo Gourd and his accomplice Mélanie Ladouceur;

Found (Canada) by Mitchell Stafiej, an experimental work on the theme of mourning and our relationship to our over-consumption of images;

From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines (Canada) by Oliver Hockenhull, a documentary about the resurgence of psychedelic drugs used as medicine;

La Croisée des chemins (Quebec) by Francine Pelletier, which takes a look back at the 2012 student movement and its real-world consequences.


  • The 35 short films in the running for the Grand Prix Focus – short films, which are divided into five programs: 

Monia Chokri : Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire, a winner at Locarno and an energetic film with an appealing cast;

Maxime Giroux : La tête en bas, a stunning journey into three solitudes;

Joel Vaudreuil : Le courant faible de la rivière, noted at Annecy;

Olivier Godin, the Grand Prix Focus from last year, back with Full Love;

Jean-Guillaume Bastien with Je ne suis pas un grand acteur, a cinematic tour de force;

- the gorgeous Le jour nous écoute, the new film by the ever-popular Félix Dufour-Laperrière;


But also revelations in every genre, from fantasy (Dive by Kaveh Nabatian) to experimental (watch out for Charles-André Coderre’s new film H2T) and from surrealism (Smile Stealers) to poignant documentary (Coming Home to Boon). This year, short films stand tall.