Documentary film has always been seen as the poor cousin to mainstream feature films. This festival aims to show that way of thinking simply isn't correct and give us an insight into the high quality of documentary films that are being produced worldwide. Fitting in perfectly with Montreal, the festival focuses on diversity in a cultural and linguistic sense. You are afforded the opportunity to take in films about what it is to be human and the human experience.
For the 11th annual Recontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal they have for you a program of more than 100 films from 30 different countries. Variety is the spice of life remember! Approximately 40 films will be making their debuts at the festival. We are spoilt! With some pride we can see that there are 30-odd Quebec-made films.
There is also a long list of special events to be taken in. For example, there are encounters will filmmakers, discussions, workshops, and master classes to take in. At the festival this year there are 75 invited guests attending. There will also be tributes to Roberto Rossellini, Women in Film and 1968: A Look Back at an Incendiary Year. In a touching tribute this edition is being dedicated to the most famous of Cuban documentary filmmakers, Santiago Alvarez, who was taken from us 10 years ago.
Within the festival there are several different categories in which the films within will be competing for various prizes. There are awards in the categories of Camera-Stylo, Camera at the Ready, Doctape, First Camera, Ecocamera, Audience Choice, Editing, and Image. With this many competitors the competition is bound to be fierce and the viewer will reap the benefits of that.
The opening film of the festival is "No London Today" by French filmmaker Delphine Deluget. This shows us the lives of five illegals living in Calais and dreaming of becoming British citizens. To close the festival will a Latino-American evening featuring the films "Le Dernier Rodeo" and "La Sombra de Don Roberto".
-Venues : Cinémathèque Québécoise, ONF Cinema, Grande Bibliothèque, Cinema de Parc, Cœur des Sciences UQAM, Concordia University, and Maison Théâtre
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