Montreal International Documentary Festival program announced

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) has revealed its 2010 official selections, running the gamut from Egyptian belly dancers to the fall of the Soviet Union, to music legend Lou Reed's directorial debut.
October 27, 2010

With RIDM’s opening and closing films already announced, Stéphanie Lanthier’s Les Fros and Lucy Walker’s Waste Land respectively, the remainder of the Montreal doc fest’s slate has been revealed.

RIDM’s official selections, in the Kino Pen section, are Frederick Wiseman’s La danse – Le ballet de l’opéra de Paris; I Wish I Knew by Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke; Giran (Neighbors) by Tahani Rached; Pierre Thoretton’s L’amour fou and Lou Reed’s first film, Red Shirley. As well, the section includes an effort from Quebec filmmakers Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault, who focus on Egyptian belly dancers with La nuit, elles dansent (At Night, They Dance); festival newcomers Pablo Alvarez-Mesa’s Jelena’s Song, Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier and Karine Van Ameringen’s Je serai là; Hind Benchekroun and Sami Mermer’s Les tortues ne meurent pas de vieillesse and Nicola Zavaglia’s Ryan’s Renaissance, about the last year of animator Ryan Larkin.

RIDM’s Shooting From the Hip programming section incorporates films which look at big social and political issues, and this year’s roster includes Sepideh Farsi’s Tehran Without Permission, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s 12th & Delaware, Janus Metz’s Armadillo, Jean-Stéphane Bron’s Cleveland vs. Wall Street and Nicolas Wadimoff’s Aisheen – Still Alive in Gaza. Africa is the common thread in Congo in Four Acts, directed by four young Congolese documentary filmmakers; On The Other Side of Life and Raymonde Provencher’s Grace, Milly, Lucy looks at girl soldiers in Uganda. Ève Lamont’s L’imposture focuses on prostitution in Quebec, while Charles Gervais focuses on the history of Cambodia in La part d’ombre. Lastly, Ce cúur qui bat, from Philippe Lesage, is filmed in Montreal’s Hôtel Dieu hospital’s emergency room.

Science and environmental themes are the thread for the EcoCamera section, which will feature Ondi Timoner’s Cool It, Jens Schanze’s Plug and Pray and Canadian docs La Reine Malade by Pascal Sanchez; Land of Destiny by Brett Story, and Chercher le courant, from Nicolas Boisclair and Alexis de Gheldere. Two films head into outer space, with Richard Dindo’s Marsdreamers looking at the Red Planet, while Space Tourists by Christian Frei is an examination of the space tourism industry.

RIDM’s DocTape section of programming features an eclectic mix of films. The official selections include examples of experimental cinema such as Blank City, Machete Maidens Unleashed and The People vs. George Lucas. Music documentaries featured in the section include Stones in Exile, John Walker’s A Drummer’s Dream and Disco and Atomic War, which focuses on the rather unique theory that disco music and the TV series Dallas are responsible for the fall of the Soviet Union. D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ Kings of Pastry will screen in the section, as will Les arbitres, a film about soccer referees. Helena Treötíková’s Katka follows a heroin addict for 12 years, while Family Affair filmmaker Chico Colvard looks at the devastating results of having a pedophile father. Other films in the section include 1981 Regressionists, Sex Magic, Silver Girls and Regretters.

Beyond Disco and Atomic War, RIDM will also highlight the anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union with six docs on the topic, in its From Russia, With Love program series. The films include War Games and the Man Who Stopped Them, art-doc The Desert of Forbidden Art and Russian Lessons.

The RIDM Focus is dedicated to Marcel Simard, the Quebec producer and director who passed away in March 2010. Four of his films will be screened at the fest as well as three films of late union leader Michel Chartrand.

RIDM runs from November 26 to December 2 in Montreal and Quebec City.

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