After picking up audience awards at Sundance and TIFF, Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian doc The Square (pictured) continues to please festival crowds, picking up the audience prize at the 16th annual RIDM in Montreal.
The film picked up the Montreal International Documentary Festival’s People’s Choice Award, presented by CBC’s digital channel Documentary, on Saturday (November 23), after opening the festival on November 13.
Elsewhere at the festival, the Grand Prize for best international feature was awarded to E agora? Lembra-me, a doc by Joaquim Pinto. The jury praised the doc, saying it was particularly moved “by the breadth and depth of the reflections; the beauty of the words and the images that Joaquim and his companion Nuno share with the viewer in their daily lives.”
Meanwhile, the Grand Prize for best Canadian feature was awarded to Dominic Gagnon for his film Hoax_Canular; a film which the jury said “expands our very notions of documentation by repurposing contemporary found footage, but also explores [the] adolescent need for belonging.”
A special mention was given to Ashley Sabin and David Redmon’s Night Labor.
The prize for best editing in an international feature went to Jason Osder’s all-archive doc Let the Fire Burn, while the award for best cinematography in an international feature went to Youlian Tabakov’s Tzvetanka.
RIDM gave the prize for best new talent from Quebec/Canada to Khoa Lê for the film Bà noî (grandma), praising “its intimate and complex examination of living at the intersection of two cultures.”
The award for best international short film went to Yuri Ancarani’s Da Vinci , with a special mention for Sergio Oksman’s A Story for the Modlins; while the prize for best international medium-length film went to Harun Farocki’s A New Product, with a special mention for Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosolowski’s The art of disappearing.
The Magnus Isacsson Award, presented to an up-and-coming Canadian director for a work demonstrating exceptional social consciousness, went to Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins for Québékoisie, with the festival praising its “uniting and essential message for us Québécois and all people.”
A special mention was awarded to Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque’s À jamais, pour toujours.
Finally, the Women Inmates’ Jury – composed of five women inmates of the Joliette Institution – selected Daniel Dencik’s Expedition to the End of the World for their award.
The jury also gave a special mention to Kim Longinotto’s doc Salma.