The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) has wrapped, with Matthew’s Laws, Leviathan and 5 Broken Cameras (pictured) among the films picking up awards at the fest’s closing event this past Saturday.
The grand prize for best international feature went to Dutch filmmaker Marc Schmidt for Matthew’s Laws, which tells the story of the claustrophobic world of an autistic man.
A special mention went to En quête d’Emak Bakia by Oskar Alegria.
Matthew’s Laws also won the award for best editing in an international feature.
The grand prize for best Canadian feature was awarded posthumously to Magnus Isacsson, who passed away this summer, for Ma vie réelle, a portrait of four teens from Montréal-Nord.
The jury awarded a special mention to L’État du monde by Hubert Caron Guay and Rodrigue Jean.
RIDM also unveiled a new award in tribute to Isacsson, given to an up-and-coming Canadian director for work demonstrating “exceptional social consciousness.” Angad Singh Bhalla Herman’s House won the inaugural Magnus Isacsson award, while a special mention went to Le prix des mots by Julien Fréchette.
This year’s People’s Choice award winner was Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s 5 Broken Cameras. The film also received the Women Inmate’s Jury award, composed of four women inmates of the Joliette Institution who selected a film from eight official competition and Panorama films screened for them. The jury also awarded a special mention to Les poings de la fierté by Hélène Choquette.
Leviathan by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor took the award for best cinematography in an international feature, while Argentinian Lesson by Wojciech Staron won the best international medium-length film award, and Dusty Night by Ali Hazara won the best international short film award.
The award for best new talent from Quebec/Canada went to Melanie Shatzky and Brian M. Cassidy for The Patron Saints.
The 15th anniversary edition of the festival screened more than 150 films, and ran from November 7 to November 18.