RIDM Announces Award Winners

Resurrecting Hassan
Handshake Productions


By Pat Mullen

The winners are out for this year’s Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). Among the Canadian champs of the fest is Guillermo Proto for Resurrecting Hassan, which brings home two prizes including the Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature. The doc follows a group of blind singers who make a living performing in the underground subway stations of Montreal. Also carrying two trophies is Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk, which is the winner for the Women Inmates’ Prize and the Magnus Isaacson Award, presented to a socially conscious work by an emerging Canadian director. Angry Inuk’s fellow NFB doc Gulîstan, Land of Roses, finally, leaves the fest with the award for Best New Talent.

The winners are:

GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE
Resurrecting Hassan – Guillermo Proto
-Special mention: Tales of Two Who Dreamt – Andrea Bussmann and Nicolás Pereda.

BEST NEW TALENT FROM QUEBEC/CANADA
Gulîstan, Land of Roses – Zaynê Akyol

GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
Another Year – Shengze Zhu.
-Special mention: Tempestad – Tatiana Huezo

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN AN INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
Brothers of the Night

BEST EDITING IN AN INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
Havarie

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM
Isabella Morra – Isabel Pagliai
-Special mentions: Long Story Short – Natalie Bookchin; He Who Eats Children – Ben Russell.

BEST CANADIAN SHORT OR MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM
The Botanist – Maude Plante-Husaruk and Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Le goût d’un pays – Legault.

MAGNUS ISACSSON AWARD
Angry Inuk – Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
-Special mention: The Stairs – Hugh Gibson

STUDENT AWARD
Resurrecting Hassan – Carlo Guillermo Proto
-Special mention The Stairs – Hugh Gibson

WOMEN INMATES’ AWARD
Angry Inuk – Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
-Special mention: Mr Gaga – Tomer Heymann

Please visit RIDM.ca for more information on this year’s festival.