Pandemic obliges, the 23e Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) will take place online this year and will be accessible across Quebec. More than a hundred documentaries – including 48 feature films – are on the program for this 100% virtual edition. Here are three not to be missed:
A river in winter
In this documentary, director Félix Lamarche (Ghost lands) sets out to explore the St. Lawrence River in the middle of winter, aboard a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker. Through observations and testimonies, the film questions our relationship with the St. Lawrence during winter.
Prayer for a lost mitten
In this new film, documentary maker Jean-François Lesage (A summer love) went to meet people who showed up at the lost property office of the Société des transports de Montréal, on a winter day, in the hope of finding an old mitten or an Opus card that they had lost . Shot in black and white, Prayer for a lost mitten explores “the theme of loss and the desire for a return”. The film won Best Canadian Documentary at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto earlier this year.
CHSLD, my love
The treatment reserved for the elderly in long-term care centers (CHSLDs) has been widely criticized since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his new documentary, CHSLD, my love, director Danic Champoux filmed for three months, in the fall of 2019, the daily life of the staff and residents of the CHSLD Émilie-Gamelin in Center-Sud de Montréal. Note that the RIDM is also presenting the documentary CHSLD this year, in which the filmmaker François Delisle accompanies his mother in her last moments.
The 23e edition of RIDM takes place from November 12 to December 2. All films are available online on the festival website: ridm.ca