“Hale County This Morning, This Evening” wins big at Montreal Int’l Doc Festival

The documentary from director Julien Elie walked away with the Montreal festival's best Canadian feature prize.
November 19, 2018

RaMell Ross’ critically acclaimed Hale County This Morning, This Evening took another accolade this past weekend, receiving the Grand Jury Prize for Best International Feature at the Montreal International Documentary Fesitval (RIDM).

The film (pictured), which documents moments in the lives of two young African-American men in rural Alabama, will be airing on television via PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’ strand on February 11.

Other winners at the awards gala, hosted at Montreal’s Concordia University, include Extinction (Extincao) from Salome Lamas, a special jury prize winner; and The Disappearance of Goya from Toni Geitani, which claimed the award for best international short or medium-length film. Gurcan Keltek’s Gulyabani¬†also received a special mention for the prize.

Meanwhile, Julien Elie’s Dark Suns (Soleils noirs) took home the title of best Canadian feature.

Produced by Elie and Richard Brouillette, Dark Suns examines violence in Mexico, following various testimonials and giving an overview of several regions across the country. Elie’s previous credits include Celui qui savait (2002) and Le dernier repas (2003).

The festival’s other Canadian awards went to Dan Popa, who walked away with the prize for Best New Canadian Talent and a Special Jury Prize for his film Symphony in Aquamarine. Filmed across four continents, Symphony in Aquamarine combines music with images of swimmers, fishers and ships on the sea.

Ariane Lorrain and Shahab Mihandout won best Canadian short or medium-length film for Zagros. Zagros follows the co-directors as they explore the disappearing cultural practice of natural yarn dyeing and carpet weaving in the mountains of Western Iran.

RIDM’s People’s Choice prize went to Jonathan Durand’s Memory is Our Homeland, while the fest’s Magnus Isacsson title was awarded to Alexandre Chartrand’s And with a Smile, the Revolution. In addition, A Delicate Balance by Christine Chevarie-Lessard won the Women Inmates’ award and Students’ Award was handed to 20-22 Omega from Thierry Loa.

(By Lauren Malyk for Playback Daily, with files from Barry Walsh)

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