Volume 23, Issue 8 / August 2019

FNC 2018

As the 2019 edition of Festival du nouveau cinéma nears its opening, Offscreen casts a spotlight on last year’s gathering, which featured the usual casting call of auteurs, lesser known experimental fare and a range of multimedia performances. This issue pays special attention to one of the invited guests of 2018, the film critic, turned screenwriter, turned director, Paul Schrader, who was here on the heels of a revised edition of his important 1972 book of film aesthetic, Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson and Dreyer (1972), and the remarkable critical success of his latest film, First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried. The issue opens with suggestions from Frédéric St-Hilaire on films to look out for, followed by my report which looks at two films by Schrader and other films by French directors Bertarnd Mandico and Yann Gonzalaz, first time Canadian feature director Jasmin Mozaffari, British arch formalist Peter Strickland, and documentarists Joshua Riehl. Troy Bordun follows with a book review of Schrader’s noted revised edition of Transcendental Film Style: Ozu, Bresson and Dreyer and the Schrader focus ends with an interview conducted by Simon Laperierre (previously published in French on our sister magazine, Hors Champ). The issue concludes with Frédéric St-Hilaire’s focus on Japanese Pink Films. (Donato Totaro, ed.)

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