Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma, which runs from October 7 to 18, will open its 38th year with a doc about the fans of a Quebec crooner. Les Dames en bleu (Ladies in Blue) by Claude Demers, which documents a group of middle-aged women who followed and adored Quebec crooner Michel Louvain, is set to open the fest. Anther key doc making its Quebec premiere at the festival is EyeSteelFilms’ Taqwacore, The Birth of Punk Islam, which was runner-up in 2008′s MIPDOC/Realscreen MIPDOC Co-production Challenge. The doc covers the Muslim punk rock scene around the world and is directed by Omar Majeed.
- RS West ’18