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!

Selected films

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