The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is to honor octogenarian director Frederick Wiseman (pictured) with a major retrospective, screening 10 of his best-known documentaries and opening next month’s event with his latest effort, Crazy Horse.
Crazy Horse has previously played at the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, and will kick off the 14th edition of RIDM on November 9, before playing later that month in Amsterdam.
The film goes behind the scenes at noted Parisian cabaret house The Crazy Horse which, since 1951, has boasted one of the world’s most extravagant burlesque shows (see a clip of the doc here). RIDM has yet to announce which 10 films of Wiseman’s will be shown for the retrospective, but said the docs will be shown in their original format – in most cases 16mm.
Following the festival’s 10 days of screenings, RIDM will close on November 19 with a screening of Italian filmmaker Stefano Savona’s Tahrir – Place De La Libération, which premiered at the Locarno Festival in Switzerland earlier this year.
For the film, Savona spent 18 days in early 2011 blending in with the revolutionary crowd in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, capturing the protests and the overthrowing of President Mubarak with his Canon 5D camera.
For more information on the festival, check its website.