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09 - 19 Nov. 2017



RIDM+, a monthly series of 5 screenings of major auteur documentaries, both recent and classic!



On the last Thursday of every month, the RIDM+ series, presented by the Montreal International Documentary Festival, gives film lovers the opportunity to see a high-quality documentary, including recent hits from the festival circuit and classics of the genre. It is a rare chance to see these films on the big screen in Montreal, and an opportunity to meet the filmmakers or attend a special presentation given by an expert on a film’s subject matter. 

The RIDM+ series is presented by Télé-Québec.


RIDM+ MAY 2017

Thursday, May 25, 8 p.m., Cinéma du Parc

TITICUT FOLLIES directed by Frederick Wiseman 

United States | 1967 | 84 minutes | In the original English

For the season’s final monthly screening, the RIDM presents Titicut Follies by Frederick Wiseman.

Restored under Frederick Wiseman’s supervision to mark the film’s 50th anniversary, Titicut Follies not only launched the career of the acclaimed director – who received an Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2017 – it remains one of the most important documentaries of the 20th century.

Filmed over the course of one month in the Bridgewater State Hospital, a high-security facility for the criminally insane, the film announced the arrival of the “Wiseman technique,” a filmmaking approach based on observation without interviews, combined with powerful editing. Thanks to its unflinching look at the physical and psychological violence to which the hospital’s inmates were subjected, it is also one of Wiseman’s most overtly angry films. By revealing how the institution treated the vulnerable men in its care, Wiseman made an unforgettable exposé of the dark side of the United States. In the process, he exposed a power structure responsible for barbarity in stark contrast to the country’s putative humanist foundations. This shocking film remains an archetypal piece of political cinema, as relevant as it was 50 years ago.



(Past screenings)


RIDM+ APRILUnder the Sun (Vitaly Mansky)

RIDM+ MARCH : The Sociologist and the Bear Cub - La Sociologue et l'Ourson (Mathias Théry et Etienne Chaillou) 

RIDM+ FEBRUARY : I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck)

RIDM+ JANUARY : The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (Bartek Dziadosz, Colin McCabe, Christopher Roth and Tilda Swinton)

August 2016 : Stone Story (Jean-André Fourestié)

June 2016 : Eat that question - Frank Zappa in his own words (Thorsten Schütte)

May 2016 : Behemoth (Zhao Liang)

April 2016 : Of Men and War (Laurent Bécue-Renard)

March 2016 Uncle Howard (Aaron Brookner)

February 2016 : Those Who Feel the FIre Burning (Morgan Knibbe) + Hotel 22 (Elizabeth Lo)

January 2016 : Around the World in 50 Concerts (Heddy Honigmann)+ Le son du silence (Maxim Rheault)

August 2015 : Welcome to Leith (Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker)

June 2015 Dreamcatcher (Kim Longinotto)

May 2015 : How To Change the World (Jerry Rothwell) 

April 2015 : IRIS (Albert Maysles)

March 2015 : Seymour: An Introduction (Ethan Hawke)

February 2015 : The Red Army (Gabe Polsky)

January 2015 : Waiting For August (Teodora Ana Mihai)

August 2014 : Tosca's kiss (Daniel Schmid)

June 2014 : Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation With Noam Chomsky (Michel Gondry)

May 2014 : Pine Ridge (Anna Eborn)

April 2014 : The Unknown Known (Errol Morris)

March 2014 : Jodorowsky's Dune (Frank Pavich)

February 2014 : Master of the Universe (Marc Bauder)

January 2014 : When I Walk (Jason DaSilva)

September 2013 : El Otro Dia (Ignacio Agüero)

August 2013 : The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (Tinatin Gurchiani)

June 2013 : A World Not Ours (Mahdi Fleifel)

Mai 2013 : Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children (Patrick Reed)

April 2013 : The Sheik and I (Caveh Zahedi)

March 2013 : The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)

February 2013 : The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (Sophie Fiennes)

January 2013 : Photographic Memory (Ross McElwee)

September 2012 : Planet of Snails (Seungjun Yi)

August 2012 : Walk Away Renée (Jonathan Caouette)

June 2012 : BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS* (Fredrik Gertten)

May 2012 : L'été de Giacomo (Alessandro Comodin)

April 2012 : Crulic: The Path to Beyond (Anca Damian)

Mars 2012 : Whores' Glory (Michael Glawogger)

Février 2012 : Duch, le maître des forges de l'enfer (Rithy Panh)

Janvier 2012 : Bombay Beach (Alma Har'el)



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