RIDM Announces 5 Films for 2016 Festival

Cinema Novo

By Pat Mullen

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) announced its first selection of films yesterday with five major titles.

Among the selections is the Canadian feature Gulîstan, Land of Roses, which recently won the Doc Alliance Selection Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. This NFB co-production garnered strong reviews out of Hot Docs, including one from POV that drew comparisons with Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.

Also screening at RIDM is the widely acclaimed Cinema Novo. This doc examines Brazil’s Cinema Novo movement and is directed by Eryk Rocha, whose father, Glauber Rocha, was a pioneer of the movement. The film comes to RIDM after winning the Œil d’or for documentary film at Cannes and was among the titles disappointingly absent from this week’s TIFF line-up.

Robert Greene’s Sundance-winning meta-doc Kate Plays Christine represents American independent docs at the fest, while Wang Bing’s Ta’ang offers a perspective from China.

Finally, Aslaug Holm’s Brothers continues its run on the festival circuit. The doc, which earns ample comparisons to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, won Best International Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs this year where our review called it “an exemplary exercise in personal documentary storytelling.”

RIDM runs Nov. 10 – 20, 2016.
Please visit RIDM.ca for more information and to purchase advance tickets.