RIDM Announces 6 Key Films for 2018

The Waldheim Waltz

By Pat Mullen

Montreal’s Recontres Internationales du Documentarie de Montréal (RIDM) unveiled six major titles for this year’s festival. RIDM will bring to Canada Ruth Beckerman’s The Waldheim Waltz, which was recently announced as Austria’s official submission in the category of Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards. Waldheim Waltz probes Austria’s Nazi past by exploring the career of former U.N. Secretary General and Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, who once served in the Nazi Wehrmacht. The film debuted at Forum sidebar of this year’s Berlin Film Festival and won the doc prize.

The fest is also to screen Wang Bing’s highly acclaimed epic Dead Souls, which drew comparisons to Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah when it screened at Cannes earlier this year. Two French offerings, Premières solitudes by Claire Simon and De chaque instant by Nicolas Philibert offer stories of education. They look at students in a banlieue of Paris and at a class studying to pursuing work in the nursing homes of France, respectively.

On the home front, RIDM will unveil two Québécois titles: Des histoires inventées by Jean-Marc E. Roy and New Memories by Michka Saäl. Des histoires inventées is the feature documentary debut for Roy after directing the acclaimed and award winning short films Crème de Menthe and Bleu tonnerre. New Memories is a posthumous work by Saäl, who passed away in 2017. The film profiles street photographers in Toronto.

RIDM will announce more selections on October 17. The festival runs November 8 to 18, 2018.