'10 1/2' opens Festival du Nouveau Cinema

Film fest closes with Denis Cote's 'Curling'

TORONTO -- Montreal's upcoming Festival du Nouveau Cinema to is to launch Oct. 13 with local director Daniel Grou's "10 1/2," and close on Oct. 24 with Denis Cote's "Curling," organizers said Tuesday.
With dark dramas the vogue in Quebec cinema currently, the Montreal festival will kick off with a drama by Grou, also known as Podz, that portrays a 10-year-old, rebellious boy who resists affection as much as authority, yet responds to the care of a new teacher.
And Montreal will close with Cote's Locarno award winning drama that chronicles a winter in the lives of an overprotective father and his young, socially isolated daughter, with Emmanuel Bilodeau, Philomene Bilodeau, Roc Lafortune and Sophie Desmarais starring.
In all, around 295 films from 51 countries will screen during the Montreal festival's 39th edition, many of which bowed elsewhere on the festival circuit this summer.
The top Quebec film currently, Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies," a drama about twins that journey to the Middle East to unearth their family tree, was chosen last week as Canada's challenger for the best foreign language Oscar trophy.