Now that Pop Montreal has receded into the past - a hazy recollection of sights, sounds and bludgeoning hangovers - it's time to put away the more childish concerns and settle into the fall and winter routine of hibernating, reading, and watching movies. But before you pull out your paperback of Dan Brown's latest cloak-n-dagger conspiracy thriller or cloth-bound edition of Charles D'Ambrosio's The Dead Fish Museum (depending on your preferences), might I recommend the 38th edition of Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma?
The festival kicks off tonight at the Imperial Cinema with the world premiere of Claude Demers' Ladies in Blue, his first film since 2000's L'invention de l'amour. In a distinctly nationalist twist on the old-fashioned red carpet, they'll be rolling out a blue carpet and encouraging all attendees to dress in blue.
This year's festival is predictably huge, which is great, with 200+ films playing at the Imperial Cinema, eXcentris, Cinéma Parallèle, Cinema du Parc, Cinémathèque québécoise and the Goethe Institute.