RIDM: First Documentary Journey Towards Canada!
For the first time in the history of DAFilms.com, we have the honour of inviting you to an exclusively Canadian documentary film spectacle.
For the first time in the history of DAFilms.com, we have the honour of inviting you to an exclusively Canadian documentary film spectacle. In collaboration with the leading local documentary festival RIDM (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal), we are introducing the most remarkable films from the past five years of the festival’s programme in the week from Monday, December 9 to Sunday, December 15 to give you the big picture of the documentary events far beyond the ocean!
Founded in 1998, RIDM introduces powerful author-driven films blending remarkable artistic approaches and contemporary contents of social and political themes. In the 15 years of the festival‘s existence, Montréal has become Canada’s documentary capital, attracting both professional and public audiences from across the globe. Québec, Canada’s largest province, has therefore been considered a cradle of the best local documentary works in the past two decades. Besides the annual festival events, offering a rich programme including a series of master classes and discussions both to professionals and the general public, RIDM has also teamed up with Canada’s major documentary organization DOC Québec to establish the Doc Circuit Montréal project; a platform for the development of professional film partnerships and skills.
The eleven presented films represent various parts of the festival’s programming. Moreover, the list of awards and nominations of the individual films proves that Canadian documentary represents a powerful player in the field of international cinema. The short film category is represented by slightly comic Jimbo, telling the story of a great friendship between the director and the protagonist Jimmy, a mentally ill film fan dreaming of the career of a Hollywood director. Carrying a rather telling subtitle Life as a work in progress, Triumph of the Wall also employs a light tone. Planned as a documentary depiction of a sculpting artistic event taking up eight weeks, the film gets out of control of both the sculptor and the director, turning into an eight-year struggle with their own resolutions. The poetic and lyrical character of documentary film is represented by two most appreciated films of the selection; Journey‘s End and The Patron Saints. Both documentaries delve into the microcosm of old age, driven by the specific rhythm of the slow passing of time as well as by different values, on the backdrop of which the paradoxical obsession with youth and the cult of perfect beauty pervading today’s society appear in full strength. The films have been included in the competition selections of the world’s most prestigious festivals, such as Berlin IFF, Toronto IFF and Rotterdam IFF.
All of the eleven films are available at DAFilms.com in the week from December 9 to 15 for free. Bon voyage!
Films for the event
Sur le rivage du monde (Orig.) / 2012 / Canada / 105 min
After several failed attempts to reach Europe, César, Félou and Érik find themselves in Bamako, Mali – deported but still driven to pursue their dreams. Meanwhile Amih fights with unshakeable determination to escape a life of unfulfillment and forge a brighter future for herself and her children.
The Patron Saints (Orig.) / 2011 / Canada / 72 min
The Patron Saints is a disquieting and hyperrealistic glimpse into life at a nursing home. Bound by the candid confessions of a recently disabled resident, the film weaves haunting images, scenes and stories from within the institution walls.
Triumph of the Wall (Orig.) / 2013 / Canada / 103 min
As fascinating as it is meditative as it is hilarious. TRIUMPH OF THE WALL is a documentary film that begins as a chronicle of the construction of a 1000-foot dry-stone wall by a novice builder on a large property in rural Quebec.
Pieces and Love All to Hell (Orig.) / 2011 / Canada / 60 min
"Flag as inapproriate". This unconspicuous button with a flag icon appears underneath every single YouTube video we watch marking the limits of our freedom in the Internet. Once flagged by anonymous users, after being checked by the also anonymous YouTube team, a video quickly disappears forever.
La Belle Visite (Orig.) / 2009 / Canada / 80 min
In the far reaches of the Quebec countryside, between a road and a headland that plunges into the sea, an abandoned motel has been converted into a retirement home. In this former travellers’ retreat, time seems to have ground to a halt. La belle visite is an elegiac exploration of old age, set in a place at once physical and allegorical.