Monday, September 17, 2012

RIDM's “15 Years, 15 All-Time Favourites” films announced

Montreal, September 17, 2012 – For 15 years and counting, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) has provided an exceptional showcase for Canadian and international documentaries. To mark this year’s anniversary, the RIDM team invited 15 high-profile film-industry personalities to program their all-time favourite documentary. Together, their personal choices comprise a unique subjective history of the first cinematic genre, presented together in a special section. The first three films were announced on August 15; today the entire special program is being made public.

A special $15 pass for the 15 all-time favourite films is available for a limited time, from September 17 to 25 at La Vitrine After September 25, the pass will be available until the end of the festival for $35.

The guest programmers and their picks:

Gael García Bernal : Megacities (Michael Glawogger)
Philippe Falardeau : Une délégation de très haut niveau (Philippe Dutilleul)
Philip Glass : The Color of the Prism, the Mechanics of Time (Jacqueline Caux)
Patrizio Guzmán : Arcana (Cristóbal Vicente)
Gilles Jacob : L'homme à la caméra (Dziga Vertov)
Naomi Kawase : Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (Jonas Mekas)
Kim Longinotto : Into the Abyss (Werner Herzog)
Samira Makhmalbaf : Afghan Alphabet (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
Alanis Obomsawin : Reel Injun (Catherine Bainbridge, Neil Diamond, Jeremiah Hayes)
Laura Poitras : Blowjob (Andy Warhol) et Crossroads (Bruce Conner)
Lou Reed : Visions of Light (Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels)
Barbet Schroeder : Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki)
Agnès Varda : La France qui se lève tôt (Hugo Chesnard)
Frederick Wiseman : Hôtel Terminus (Marcel Ophüls)
Jia Zhang Ke : El cielo gira (Mercedes Álvarez)

The 15 all-time favourites are part of the program for the upcoming RIDM. With this program, we are celebrating 15 years of discovery, discussion and debate sparked by documentaries. For more on the guest programmers’ selections, please visit the RIDM website.

Quebec’s only film festival dedicated to documentaries, the Montreal International Documentary Festivalpresents the best reality-based films, including the works of established directors and new talents. The complete program will be announced at a press conference on October 24 at 10 a.m. at the Cinémathèque québécoise.

The 15th RIDM will be held from November 7 to 18, 2012at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Cinéma Excentris, the Grande Bibliothèque and Concordia University.

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