RIDM Announces Complete Line-up

The Hottest August


By Pat Mullen

The 2019 Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) features a strong mix of Canadian and international films. The line-up, announced in full today, offers docs that challenge conventional images of representation and film forms. The fest unveiled its full programming slate, which includes a new five-film competitive section called New Visions for female filmmakers making their feature debuts.

10 features compete in the Canadian feature competition, including Tasha Hubbard’s nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, which took the Canadian doc prizes at Hot Docs and DOXA earlier this year. Other notables on the Canadian front include Yung Chang’s This Is Not a Movie, Brett Story’s The Hottest August, Denis Côté’s Wilcox, and Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell’s docu-fiction MS Slavic 7, the latter being a particularly strong example of the festival’s effort to push the needle on the ways in which we conceive of documentary filmmaking. Canadian films outside the competition include, but are not limited to, Sébastien Rist and Aude Leroux-Lévesque’s A Place of Tide and Time and Cliff Caines’ Workhorse.

The international feature competition includes Shengze Zhu’s Present. Perfect, which recently proved a highlight at the Vancouver International Film Festival and Hassen Ferhani’s Locarno prizewinner 143 Rue du Désert. The mid-length film competition includes Jasmina Wójcik’s Hot Docs winner Symphony of the Ursus Factory and Jessica Bardsley’s Goodbye Thelma.

Canadian Feature Competition:

Le chant d’empédocle – Sylvain L’Espérance, Marie-Claude Loiselle
Le fond de l’air – Simon Beaulieu
The Hottest August – Brett Story
Jongué, Carnet Nomade – Carlos Ferrand
La mer entre nous – Marlene Edoyan
_MS Slavic 7_– Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up – Tasha Hubbard
This Is Not a Movie – Yung Chang
Une femme, ma mère – Claude Demers
Wilcox – Denis Côté

Canadian Short and Medium-Length Competition

A Radiant Sphere – Sara Wylie
Bugs and Beasts Before the Law – Bambitchell
Clebs – Halima Ouardiri
El Toro – Danielle Sturk
En el tumult de la calle – Étienne Lacelle
King Lajoie – Joannie Lafrenière
My Skin, Luminous – Nicolás Pereda, Gabino Rodriguez
Port d’attache – Laurence Lévessque
Terres Fantômes – Félix Lamarche

New Visions:

Another Word for Learning – Jadis Mariette Dumas
Cavebirds – Emily Gan
Don’t Worry, the Doors Will Open – Oksana Karpovych
Sisters: Dreams & Variations – Catherine Legault
Les yeux de mon amour – Rui Silveira

Please visit RIDM.ca for the complete line-up.