The 19th edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) came to a close Sunday, Nov. 20, with Shengze Zhu’s Another Year taking home the grand prize for best international feature.
The film captures 13 dinners of a migrant worker’s family over the course of 14 months. The dinners unfold in real-time through 13 static long takes to examine the migrants while crafting a meditation on China’s economic boom and urbanization.
“To a film that displays an astonishing range in its personal social depiction of working class China, all while adhering to rigorous formal constraints”, the jurors stated of their choice.
Special mention in the category was extended to Tatiana Huezo’s Tempestad.
The grand prize for best Canadian feature went to Chilean-Canadian director Carlo Guillermo Proto for Ressurecting Hassan. The doc, which also picked up the Student Award, chronicles the lives of a blind Montreal family of three who make their living by singing in the city’s subway stations and, after losing their only sighted son, Hassan, turn to Russian teachings in the hopes of resurrecting him.
Francis Legualt’s Le goût d’un pay (The Taste of a Country) was feted with the People’s Choice Award, as determined by the audience’s selection from the official competition and panorama sections. The film explores the connection between making maple syrup and the Québécois identity.
MAGNUS ISACSSON AWARD
The Magnus Isacsson Award – presented to a socially conscious work by an emerging Canadian director – was presented to Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk, about Inuit hunters in remote Arctic communities negatively affected by animal rights groups protesting the east coast Canadian seal hunt.
The members of the Magnus Isacsson Award jury were DOC Québec’s Jocelyne Clarke and Nicolas Paquet; ARRQ’s Helen Doyle; assistant director Frank Le Coroller; and Cinema Politica’s Svetla Turnin.
The remaining winners are listed below:
Best Cinematography in an International Feature
Brothers of the Night directed by Patric Chiha
Best Editing in an International Feature
Havarie directed by Philip Scheffner
Best New Talent from Quebec/Canada
Gulîstan, Land of Roses directed by Zaynê Akyol
Best International Short or Medium-Length Film
Isabella Morradirected by Isabel Pagliai
Best Canadian Short or Medium-Length Film
The Botanist by Maude Plante-Husaruk and Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis
Women Inmates’ Award
Angry Inuk directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril