Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jonathan Caouette's Walk Away Renée premieres at Docville

“Walk Away Renée” by Jonathan Caouette
Quebec première at Docville

Montreal, August 14, 2012 - The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is pleased to announce the seventh film in its monthly Docville series: Walk Away Renée, by American director Jonathan Caouette. The documentary will have its Quebec première on Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m. at Cinéma Excentris, followed by a Skype Q&A session with the filmmaker.

In 2003, Caouette released his sensational first film, Tarnation. Made with footage he had been filming since the age of 11, the film was an unsettling self-portrait of a young man coping with a dysfunctional family and coming to terms with his homosexuality.

Picking up where Tarnation left off, Caouette again delves into the realm of dysfunctional family relations. He sets out to drive halfway across the United States with his mother, Renée, who suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He’s taking her from Houston to New York, so they can live closer together. This intimate road movie takes us inside a unique parent-child relationship, as the pair face various difficulties along the road and reminisce about old times. Selected for Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2011, Walk Away Renée is, like Tarnation, underpinned by a remarkable musical soundtrack and psychedelic editing that blurs the lines between reality and fantasy. A wonderful love letter to a mother.

Directed by Jonathan Caouette. United States. 2011. 88 min.
(original English version)
Followed by a Q&A with the director, via Skype.

On the last Thursday of every month, Docville treats film aficionados to the Montreal première of a world-class documentary that has enjoyed recent success on the international festival circuit. The final Docville screening of 2012 is scheduled for September 27 at 7 p.m. at Cinéma Excentris. The series will resume early in 2013. Tickets for the August 30 screening are now on sale at the Excentris box office. Single tickets cost $11 or $8.50 for students and seniors.

This series is presented in collaboration with Ubisoft, Télé-Québec and Cinéma Excentris.

Quebec’s only film festival dedicated to documentaries, the Montreal International Documentary Festival presents the best reality-based films, including the works of established directors and new talents.

The 15th RIDM will be held from November 7 to 18, 2012.
www.ridm.qc.ca info@ridm.qc.ca

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