'10 ½' to open Montreal's Fest of New Cinema

Closes with Denis Cote's Locarno award winner 'Curling'

TORONTO -- Montreal's Festival of New Cinema is to open with Quebec director Daniel Grou's latest thriller, "10 1⁄2," and close with Denis Cote's Locarno award winner "Curling."

Grou, a veteran Quebec TV director, earlier this year screened his debut feature, the revenge thriller "7 Days," at Sundance.

"10 1⁄2" portrays a troubled young boy of the same age, played by Robert Naylor, whose violent behavior finally receives treatment when he meets a social worker (Claude Legault).

The film is produced by Pierre Gendron, with Claude Lalonde writing the script.

The 39th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, to run from Oct. 13 to 24, will close with Cote's "Curling" after it receives a North American premiere in Toronto.