RIDM Announces Complete Line-up!

Brett Story’s The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is one of ten docs in the Canadian Feature Competition at RIDM.


By Pat Mullen

The complete line-up for Recontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montrèa / the Montreal International Documentary Festival is out! This announcement adds to the previous slate of docs named earlier this year that includes Gulîstan, Land of Roses, Cannes Golden Eye winner Cinema Novo, and opening night selection Fire at Sea.

This year’s Canadian Feature Competition is notably strong and diverse. The ten films include a number of festival favourites and award winners, including Hot Docs champs The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, Living with Giants and Angry Inuk. The Canuck contingent also features a fair balance of men and women, and stories from various pockets of the land. Perhaps the most interesting stat? The running time that separates Sylvain L’Espérance’s Combat au bout de la nuit from the rest of the competition is a whopping three hours and 15 minutes. Clocking it at 285 minutes, this doc is Fred Wiseman-level epic.

Other notable docs outside the feature competition include John Bolton’s Aim for the Roses and Penny Lane’s Nuts! (read about both films in the current feature ‘Performing Documentary’, available on stands now in POV #103.), while the Special Presentations programme continues the strong festival runs for Alanis Obomsawin’s We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice, Austerlitz, and Mr. Gaga.

The docs in the feature competition are:

Canadian Feature Competition:

Angry Inuk
Dir. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Combat au bout de la nuit
Dir. Sylvain L’Espérance

Gulîstan, Land of Roses
Dir. Zaynê Akyol

Living with Giants
Dir. Aude Leroux-Lévesque, Sébastien Rist

Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John
Dir. Chelsea McMullan

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
Dir. Brett Story

Quebec My Country Mon Pays
Dir. John Walker

The Resurrection of Hassan
Dir. Carlo Guillermo Proto

The Stairs
Dir. Hugh Gibson

Tales of Those Who Dreamt
Dir. Andrea Bussmann, Nicolás Pereda

International Feature Competition:

Another Year
Dir. Shengze Zhu | China

Brothers of the Night
Dir. Patric Chiha | Austria

Calabria
Dir. Pierre-François Sauter | Switzerland

The Great Wall
Dir. Tadhg O’Sullivan | Ireland

Havarie
Dir. Philip Scheffner | Germany

The Human Surge
Dir. Eduardo Williams | Brazil/Argentina/Portugal

Kate Plays Christine
Dir. Robert Greene | USA

Manuel de libération
Dir. Alexander Kuznetsov | France

Mixed Feelings
Dir. Guy Dividi | Israel/Norway

Il Solango
Dir. Matteo Zoppis, Alessio Rigo De Righi | Argentina/Italy

Tempestad
Dir. Tatiana Huezo | Mexico

RIDM runs Nov. 10 – 20. Please visit RIDM.ca to see the complete programme.
And stay tuned to POV for more coverage of this year’s festival!