Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd’s Territoire Perdu was named the best international feature at the Montreal International Documentary Festival’s closing awards ceremony on Saturday.
The Belgian film, shot in Super 8, follows the plight of the nomadic Sahrawi people, who live in makeshift camps in the Moroccan desert. It also recently collected the special jury award at Portugal’s Doclisboa festival.
Special mention for the honor went to Tatiana Huezo’s The Tiniest Place, which was given the Golden Dove from the international jury at DOK Leipzig in late October.
The best Canadian feature honor went to Catherine Hébert for Carnets d’un grand detour, in which the director accompanied an African griot (or storyteller) for nearly eight months on his walking journey across five countries.
The Critics’ Choice Award, presented in association with the Association québécoise des critiques de cinema (AQCC), was awarded to Les États-Unis d’Afrique by Yanick Létourneau. A special mention was given to David York’s Wiebo’s War. All Canadian and Quebec documentary films, of all lengths, were eligible for this award.
The award for best new talent from Canada and/or Quebec, presented by the National Film Board of Canada, went to Xun Yu for The Vanishing Spring Light.
Other awards given at the ceremony included:
Best international short film: Flying Anne (dir: Catherine van Campen)
Best international medium-length film: Hula and Natan (Robby Elmaliah); special mention to Out of Reach (Jakub Stozek)
Women Inmates Award (given by a jury of five female inmates from the Joliette Institution): The Tiniest Place (Tatiana Huezo)
Best editing in an international feature: Territoire Perdu (Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd)
Best cinematography in an international feature: El Velador (Natalia Almada)
People’s Choice Award (presented by Canal D): Bouton (Res Balzli)
The 14th edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival was held from November 9-20.