LES FILMS DU 3 MARS at RIDM Four feature documentaries presented in official competition

Les Films du 3 Mars is proud to participate in the 23rd edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) with four feature films by Quebec and Canadian filmmakers selected in official competition.

Prayer for a Lost Mitten by Jean-François Lesage will be shown as a Quebec premiere, after having its world premiere at Visions du réel (Switzerland) and its Canadian premiere at Hot Docs, where it won the Best Canadian Documentary Feature award. This winter tale offers an existential reflection on the feeling of loss, by turns melancholic and festive, yet ever compassionate.

Following the film’s selection at Hot Docs and DOXA earlier this year, Under the Same Sun by François Jacob will have its Quebec premiere at RIDM. The film transports us to the very current conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, seen through the eyes of the people of Caucasus.

A vibrant and creative tribute to Billy Tipton, a transgender jazz musician who passed away in 1989 and has since become a prominent figure to the trans community, No Ordinary Man by Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt was part of theToronto International Film Festival last September and will be screened as a Quebec premiere during RIDM.

PassageSarah Baril Gaudet‘s first feature, will premiere in Montreal following the Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival in early November. The film draws a poetic portrait of Gabrielle and Yoan’s last summer in the remote region of Témiscamingue on the eve of their inevitable departure.

PRAYER FOR A LOST MITTEN by Jean-François Lesage

National Feature Competition | Becoming Oneself Section

Quebec, Canada. 79 minutes. Original French, English and Creole version with English or French subtitles.

Production:Les Films de l’Autre (Jean-François Lesage)

The night is falling and Montreal is under the snow. People line up at the lost and found office of the city’s transit company. They all have lost something, which, upon reflection, becomes the symbol of a deeper loss. Prayer for a Lost Mitten is a creative documentary by turns melancholic and festive, yet ever compassionate. A visually stunning film that makes us fall in love with winter.

Teaser: vimeo.com/394337507

Website: f3m.ca/en/film/priere-pour-une-mitaine-perdue

Facebook: facebook.com/Prierepourunemitaineperdue


Prayer for a Lost Mitten will be released in theatres in December 2021.

NO ORDINARY MAN by Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt

New Visions Competition Becoming Oneself Section

Quebec, Canada. 84 minutes. Original English version with French subtitles.

Production: Parabola Films (Sarah Spring)

For decades, the life of American Jazz musician Billy Tipton was framed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. In No Ordinary Man, Tipton’s story is reimagined and performed by trans artists as they collectively paint a portrait of an unlikely hero.

Teaser: vimeo.com/442496530

Website: f3m.ca/en/film/no-ordinary-man

Facebook: facebook.com/noordinarymanfilm


No Ordinary Man will be released in theatres in February 2021.

PASSAGE by Sarah Baril Gaudet

New Visions Competition | Becoming Oneself Section

Quebec, Canada. 81 minutes. Original French version with English subtitles.

Production: La Cabane (Audrey Fallu)

Gabrielle and Yoan are 18 years old. Even though they both grew up in Temiscamingue, their aspirations are opposite. While Yoan wants to leave the area to break away from his loneliness and explore his homosexuality, Gabrielle is torn at the thought of going over a hundred kilometres away from home to carry on with her studies. While summer is in full swing, Passage paints a poetic portrait of these two protagonists transitioning into adulthood, trying to blossom and chart their own path.

Teaser: vimeo.com/470998258

Website: f3m.ca/en/film/passage

Facebook: facebook.com/passage.docu


Passage will be released in theatres in spring 2021.

UNDER THE SAME SUN by François Jacob

National Feature Competition | Surviving Violence Section

Quebec, Canada. 97 minutes. Original Armenian, Azerbaijani, Russian and English version with French or English subtitles.

Production: Les Films de l’Autre (François Jacob)

Despite the 1994 ceasefire, there is still no real peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which continue to fight fiercely over the mountainous Nagorny Karabakh region. More than 25 years after the war, nationalistic passions seem as strong as ever. The litany of resentment and accusations continues to be met with denial in an ongoing dialogue of the deaf. With the restraint that comes with our foreigner’s gaze, Under the Same Sun offers an attentive ear, in search of understanding in these young countries with old wounds.

Teaser: vimeo.com/407658657

Website: f3m.ca/en/film/under-the-same-sun

Facebook: facebook.com/Sousunmemesoleil


At the RIDM from November 26 to December 2 (online): ridm.ca/en/films/sous-un-meme-soleil

Under the Same Sun will be released in theatres in spring 2021.

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