Celebrating Quebec talent at FNC 2020

Now more than ever, it's time to celebrate local talent. The Festival du nouveau cinéma is proud to present a rich and diversified program that showcases artists and artisans from around the world and from all over Quebec. We shine a spotlight on new talent as well as on some of the more established voices telling stories that bring us together through cinema. Here are a few suggestions to support local culture at FNC 2020!

My Salinger Year by Philippe Falardeau

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Our closing film will be available on October 17th only.

Joanna has only one dream: to be a writer. The starry-eyed young student leaves Berkeley for New York and lands a job at an old-school literary agency whose most famous client is none other than the reclusive J. D. Salinger. It’s 1995, and Joanna’s “Salinger year” will be full of great victories and small disappointments as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery through her passion for literature. Philippe Falardeau’s enticingly nostalgic eighth film forms the perfect backdrop for Sigourney Weaver’s majestic turn as the hard-nosed yet irresistible agency director.

Don't miss Philippe Falardeau's free online master class on October 16 at 11am presented by the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC/GCR)Book a ticket

Sin la Habana by Kaveh Nabatian

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Between the sultry chaos of Cuba and the harshness of a Quebec winter, three complex characters try to fulfil their dreams of intimacy, happiness and upward mobility. A love triangle where the fate of immigrants is coloured by passion, money and power.

Il n’y a pas de faux métier by Olivier Godin

Présented by Québec Cinéma

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FNC regular Olivier Godin takes his innate sense of the absurd to a new level in this riotous, gut-busting cinematic oddity marked by endless word play, delicious humour and pop culture references.

Saint-Narcisse by Bruce LaBruce

In collaboration with Fugues

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A sensual, outlandish mélange of a beautiful, narcissistic young man, his twin brother and an order of ambiguous monks. FNC regular and queer national treasure Bruce LaBruce is back with his most ambitious film yet, a deliciously camp quest for identity.

Rendez-vous #CINEMADICI: 50 years of the October crisis

Presented by Québecor
In collaboration with Éléphant: mémoire du cinéma québécois 

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the October Crisis, the kidnapping of government minister Pierre Laporte and the invocation of the federal War Measures Act. The FNC is pointing up this defining event in contemporary Quebec history by presenting two masterpieces on celluloid, now fully restored thanks to Éléphant. Events that offer the chance to discover (or rediscover) these two films of outstanding daring and scope.

OCTOBRE by Pierre Falardeau will be free for 24 hours on October 10: Book a ticket

LES ORDRES by Michel Brault will be free for 24 hours on October 16: Book a ticket

Short film Program: Compétition nationale 2

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All the short films in Program 2 of the national competition are from Quebec with the exception of SPRING TIDE by Jean Parsons from British Columbia. As a bonus, a Q&A with the directors is available with the purchase of this program. We invite you to discover the entire program of the national competition!

Short film program: Compétition Les nouveaux alchimistes 5

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With the exception of Trevor Mowchun's DRINK SOME DARKNESS from Manitoba, all short films in Compétition Les nouveaux alchimistes 5 are from Quebec. A great selection of films that push the boundaries of the cinematic medium!

Rencontres pancadiennes du cinéma étudiant (RPCÉ)

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This national student short-film competition offers representatives of each school the opportunity to meet up and exchange ideas through a program of workshops, conferences and networking activities that build strong ties with the industry. These include Université Laval, Université du Québec à Montréal, Concordia University, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Rouyn-Noranda) and L'inis. The good news: this year, all RPCÉ programs are available for free!


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Enter the thoughts of one of the Passengers and help them face a pivotal moment. Welcome aboard this interactive VR experience in which your gaze and voice influence the story.

FNC EXPLORE: Au pays du cancre mou de Francis Gélinas

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A little boy asks his big sister to help with his fear of the dark. Drawn into a succession of dreamlike tableaus where everything comes alive, he learns to confront his fears.


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Motto.io is not a book, it’s not a film – it’s a playful ghost story brought to life by the one-of-a-kind way you see the world. Join us for a walkthrough performance inspired by this unique interactive experience, "en direct" from its creators’ studio and the streets of Petite-Patrie, Montreal. The online performance will be in French.

The official FNC 2020 beer

Stop by one of your retailers to get the official FNC beer, brewed locally by Riverbend Microbrewery!

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