Each day, FNC team offers you a cinema suggestion: a film presented at FNC and available online to entertain you during this turmoil.


The Twentieth Century
Matthew Rankin (Québec) #FNC2019

A highlight of our last edition, winner of the Prix de la diffusion! A patriotic and quirky first feature following the fantasized path of young William Lyon Mackenzie King on the way to becoming prime minister of his beloved Canada. A definite must-see!
Available on Maison 4:3


Mati Diop (France, Senegal, Belgium)  #FNC2019

A seamless mix of genres, this film recounts a heady, free-flowing love story set against the bleak disillusionment driving the young people of Dakar to flee their homeland. The quiet strength of this first feature, with its political and supernatural overtones, establishes the Franco-Senegalese filmmaker as definitely one to watch.
Available on Netflix


J’ai perdu mon corps
Jérémy Clapin (France) #FNC2019 

Somewhere in Paris a severed hand tries to reunite with his body. On the other side of the city, Naoufel, a pizza delivery guy lives with his uncle since his parents death. While delivering a pizza, he fells in love with Gabrielle. A poetic odyssey where stories mingle.
Available on Netflix


Lee Chang-Dong (South Korea) #FNC2018

After a chance encounter with Haemi, a former girlfriend, Jongsu, a young courier, agrees to feed her cat while she goes to Africa. To Jongsu’s chagrin, she returns in the company of a mysterious, rich stranger, Ben. It is an odyssey to the heart of uncertainty and it will haunt you long after the credits have rolled.
Available on Netflix & AppleTV (iTunes)


Claire l’hiver
Sophie Bédard Marcotte (Québec) #FNC2017

Chantal Akerman-on-acid for this life crisis tale set in the age of new information technologies. As a cargo spaceship threatens to plummet down to Earth, young artist Claire is having a difficult winter. For her début fiction, Sophie Bédard Marcotte adapts the intimacy and visual style of  Akerman to the concerns of the Millennials in this daringly experimental narrative.
Free on Vimeo


The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn (Canada, Norway) #FNC2019

In Vancouver, two Indigenous women cross their paths. Rosie is fleeing her boyfriend’s abuse, Áila offers to help. A first film where women’s word and experiences are brought to life in all their complexity.
Available on AppleTV (iTunes)


Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico, USA) #FNC2018

ROMA follows Cleo, a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.
Available on Netflix



Les faux tatouages
Pascal Plante (Québec)

Théo celebrates his 18th birthday by getting drunk on beer and angry rock. He meets Mag, a charismatic young rebel. It might be love, but Théo has to leave Montreal soon for a new life far away. For this second feature, Pascal Plante captures adolescent turmoil on the margins. A sensitive slice of life with plenty of character.
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Matteo Garrone (Italy) 

A dog-groomer living in a ratty Neapolitan suburb who sells a little coke on the side to make ends meet sees his world turn upside-down when a childhood friend is released from prison. With a masterful performance by Marcello Fonte, Garrone’s drama eloquently reflects on the savagery beneath the surface of so-called human nature. A film with bite, terrifying and captivating.
Available on Netflix and Apple TV


Nadine Labaki (France, Lebanon)

The director chronicles  the loveless existence of slum child Zain, age 12 and bent on suing his parent for giving him life. Much of her saga’s power comes from the stellar performances of its young non-professional cast, headed by an astonishing Zain Al Rafeea. 
Available on Netflix


Thunder Road
Jim Cummings (USA)

Jimmy, a bumbling father and police officer who follows protocol to the letter, is trying his best to raise his daughter against all odds. When his mother dies, his world collapses.
Available on Netflix


System Crasher
Nora Fingscheidt(Germany)

Blond, angelic-looking Benni with her piercing blue eyes is just nine but has already exhausted every social service and children’s aid resource. One minute she’s sulking, the next she explodes into a terrifying rage. Yet all Benni really wants is love from a mother who keeps abandoning her.
Available on Netflix



Marriage story
Noah Baumbach (USA)

How did Nicole and Charlie end up at the point of no return? It depends on which one you ask. She’s a former film actress who gave up her career to live in New York. He’s a theatre director happy in his role as a father.
Available on Netflix


ALEXANDRE Franchi (Québec)

Stanislas, 19, is left on his own when his mother is hospitalized. Terrorized by her illness, he wraps his face in bandages and infiltrates a therapy workshop for disfigured patients, whom he urges to rebel against society’s obsession with beauty by brandishing their “ugliness” as a weapon.
Available on Apple TV



Rodrigue Jean (Québec)

Montreal is snowed under. While the downtown cranes dance their hypnotic ballet, two strangers meet randomly in an unfinished apartment. Their chance encounter leads to a violent attraction and a dependency beyond reason.  
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L'amour au temps de la guerre civile
Rodrigue Jean (Québec)

Alex, a young addict who still nurtures a few dreams, sells his body in Montréal’s Centre-Sud district. He’s flanked by Bruno, Simon, Jeanne, Éric and Velma, all of them caught in the same spiral of compulsion. Marginalized by society yet hostage to its market logic, they are the fallen angels of a dark and violent time. 
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No crying at the dinner table
Carole Nguyen(Québec)

A collection of family secrets, confessions and confrontations.
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John Blouin (Québec)

His monumental sculptures, often constructed as public performance, paved the way for contemporary art in Quebec. Born in 1929, Armand Vaillancourt is a towering figure of rebellion. A revolutionary and a tireless militant for the dream of a Quebec nation, Vaillancourt is also one of our pioneering ecologists, whose works explore the visceral connection between nature and creation.
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Vaysha l'aveugle
Theodore Ushev(Québec)

Vaysha is not like other young girls; she was born with one green eye and one brown. This metaphorical tale is a reminder of the importance of living in the moment. 
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Little joe
Jessica Hausner (Austria, United Kingdom, Germany)

After plant geneticist Alice, mother to a teen, creates a new flower with euphoric properties for humans, she realizes her experiment is causing unexpected side effects. 
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La nuit tous les chats sont gris
Lasse Linder (Switzerland)

Christian lives with his two cats Marmelade and Katjuscha. As the yearns to become a father, he decides to breed his beloved Marmelade with an exquisite tomcat from abroad.
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Mad dog labine
Jonathan Beaulieu-Cyr and Renaud Lessard (Québec)

The heroes of this inventive film are kids and teenagers from Pontiac in the Outaouais, a land of lakes and rivers light years away from the big city. They are smart-alecky Lindsay, left on her own when her father goes off hunting, and her friend Justine, a child of hippies who, by some miracle, wins the lottery.
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