‘Une femme, ma mère’, ‘Present.Perfect’ Lead RIDM Winners

Une femme, ma mère


By Pat Mullen

Claude Demers’ Une femme, ma mère topped the list of Canadian winners at this year’s Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). Winning the Grand Prize for Best National Feature, presented by Studios St-Antoine, the jury remark of the doc, “This tender, loving film explores the collective memory of film and the imagination to reconstruct the touching personal history of the director’s mother.” The film is Demers’ autobiographical portrait of the mother who abandoned him. The awards were handed out Saturday night at the festival.

On the world cinema front, Shengze Zhu’s Present. Perfect scooped the Grand Prize for Best International Feature. Zhu previously took home the Grand Prize at RIDM for Another Year in 2016. The jury called Present. Perfect a “complex, cinematic work, a testament to the deep social, political and interpersonal impacts created by the Internet.” Read more about Present.Perfect in our report from the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Tasha Hubbard’s nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up continued its winning streak on the festival circuit as well. The doc took home three prizes at RIDM: the Students’ Award, Women Inmates’ Award, and the Magnus Isacsson Award named for the late filmmaker who was committed to pressing social issues. The jury for the the latter prize praised nîpawistamâsowin for “the urgent nature of the issues the filmmaker addresses from both historical and sociological perspectives, and for the exceptional access to and investment in the tragic events recounted.”

The full list of RIDM 2019 winners is as follows:

Grand Prize for Best National Feature: Une femme, ma mère – Claude Demers

Special Jury Prize – National Feature: Wilcox – Denis Côté

Grand Prize for Best International Feature: Present. Perfect – Shengze Zhu

Special Jury Prize – International Feature: Heimat Is a Space in Time – Thomas Heise

Special Mention – International Feature: 143 Sahara Street – Hassen Ferhani

People’s Choice Award: Kenbe la – Until We Win – Will Prosper

New Visions Award: Don’t Worry, the Doors Will Open – Oksana Karpovych

Best National Short or Medium Length Film: Homeport – Laurence Lévesque

Best International Short or Medium Length Film: Faire-part – Rob Jacobs, Anne Reijniers, Nizar Saleh and Paul Shemisi

Magnus Isacsson Award: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up – Tasha Hubbard

Women Inmates’ Award: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up – Tasha Hubbard

Students’ Award: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up – Tasha Hubbard

Visit the POV RIDM Hub for more coverage from this year’s festival.