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Montreal Doc Festival Honors "What Now? Remind Me" and "The Square"

By James Hiler | Indiewire November 25, 2013 at 1:27PM

The Montreal International Documentary Festivial (RIDM) ended this past Saturday after presenting 135 films and an array of events and activities.
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'The Square'-Winner of the People's Choice Award at RIDM
'The Square'-Winner of the People's Choice Award at RIDM

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) ended this past Saturday after presenting 135 films and an array of events and activities. The festival culminated by honoring ten films with awards and another five with honorable mentions including "E agara? Lembra-me" (What Now? Remind Me), which took home the Grand Prize for Best international Feature while the critically praised film "The Square" earned the People's Choice Award.

Here is the complete list of awards:

GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE - "E agora? Lembra-me" by Joaquim Pinto.
The jury who awarded the Grand Prize noted that they were particularly moved by Pinto's film diary "by the breadth and depth of the reflections; the beauty of the words and the images that Joaquim and his companion Nuno share with the viewer in their daily lives."

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN AN INTERNATIONAL FEATURE-"Tzvetanka" by Youlian Tabakov
The film explores Bulgaria’s tumultuous history through the director's grandmother. The jury 
appreciated "the film's textures and its compositional strength."

BEST EDITING IN AN INTERNATIONAL FEATURE- "Let the fire burn" by Jason Osder
The documentary examines one of the most tragic events in the modern history of Philadelphia, the stand-off between the organization MOVE and the
Philadelphia Police Department which lead to over the destruction of over 60 homes and the death of 5 children and 6 adults.

GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE- Dominic Gagnon for his film "Hoax_Canular"

A special mention was awarded to "Night Labor" by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon.

BEST NEW TALENT FROM QUEBEC/CANADA

- Khoa Le for the film "Ba noi (grandma)"
The film was cited for "its intimate and complex examination of living at the intersection of two cultures." Khoa Le shows his grandmother's colorful personality in a sensitive portrait.

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM- "Da Vinci"by Yuri Ancarani.
The jury appreciated this short for "
taking on both the issue of the extension of the look in the contemporary world and the complex and active relationship that links humanity to technology."

The jury also awarded a special mention to "A Story for the Modlins" by Sergio Oksman.

BEST INTERNATIONAL MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM- "A New Product" by Harun Farocki.

"The Art of Disappearing" by Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosolowski received a special mention.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD- "The Square"

by Jehane Noujaim,
This film which also opened the festival was appreciated by audiences for its spectacular and moving portrayal of the epic and recent events in Egypt.

MAGNUS ISACSSON AWARD- Melanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins for "Quebekoisie"
This award which was created last year in tribute to Montreal documentary filmmaker Magnus Isacsson, the Magnus Isacsson Award is presented to an up-and-coming Canadian director for work demonstrating exceptional social consciousness.

A special mention was awarded to Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque.

WOMEN INMATES’ JURY- "Expedition to the End of the World" by Daniel Dencik.
The jury who is composed of five female inmates of the Joliette Institution selected a winner from among the eight Official Competition and Panorama films screened for them.

The jury also awarded a special mention to Salma by Kim Longinotto.

To learn more about the RIDM click here.

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