Thursday, November 14, 2013

More than 70 international guests at the 16th Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal

Montreal, Thursday, November 14, 2013 The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is launching its 16th edition today. More than 70 international guests are expected.

The guest of honour of the RIDM, Marcel Ophuls will be present at the festival. At 85 years old, the director of The Sorrow and the Pity is a veritable legend of documentary cinema. His body of work reveals not only a patient and stubborn witness of History, but also an inventive filmmaker who breaks the conventions of historical documentaries. The RIDM devotes an important retrospective to the work of Ophuls, who will also take part in a public discussion. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Hotel Terminus, the film for which Ophuls won the Best Documentary Oscar, the RIDM invites festivalgoers to attend the historic reunion between the filmmaker and the American producer of Hotel Terminus, John Friedman. The new film by Marcel Ophuls, Ain’t Misbehavin’, which was shown in Cannes this year, will also screen. With this filmed memoir, Ophuls takes us on a bittersweet journey during which he introduces us to his father Max Ophuls, Bertolt Brecht, Ernst Lubitsch, François Truffaut and Jeanne Moreau.

Guests will come from as far away as India, as is the case for Salma, the subject of Kim Longinotto’s film of the same name. This invaluable political work is a deeply melancholic portrait of the most famous Tamil poet, who was kept shut away by her family for more than 25 years. Salma will also take part in a debate about the consequences of child marriage, presented in collaboration with Amnesty International Canada’s francophone chapter. Lucy Walker’s Waste Land closed the RIDM in 2011. Lucy Walker will be back this year to present The Crash Reel, an intelligent look at the extreme sports industry and at snowboarding in particular. Iranian director Mitra Farahani will tell us about her unlikely meeting in Rome with homosexual painter Bahman Mohasses, also from Iran, in the unforgettable Fifi Howls From Happiness. Susanna Helke will host the screenings of American Vagabond, in which a young man leaves his small town for San Francisco because his parents don’t accept his homosexuality. In Let the Fire Burn, Jason Osder offers us a lesson in editing as well as a great political film that brilliantly examines one of the most tragic events in the modern history of Philadelphia. Khalil Joreige will be here for The Lebanese Rocket Society, which he codirected with Joana Hadjithomas. The filmmakers of I Want to See have uncovered a forgotten history, combining performance art with a deeply fascinating historical investigation. Sourav Sarangi will present Char... The No-Man's Island, which follows a young man who must survive by smuggling contraband from India to Bangladesh. Alan Berliner will also be at the RIDM for First Cousin Once Removed (Grand Prize at IDFA), a portrait of his cousin, the poet Edwin Honig, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

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 16th RIDM will take place from November 13 to 24, 2013 at Cinéma du Parc, Excentris, the Cinémathèque québécoise and Concordia University.

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