Here’s what to see at RIDM

Here’s what you need to know about the Montreal International Documentary Festival.

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A Story for the Modlins


The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) starts tomorrow, so here’s what you need to know.

When: Nov. 13–24

The Gist: Amazings docs from all over the world.

Cost: $11.50/film, $50/five-ticket booklet, $100/RIDM pass + opening night

What to expect: “135 films, more than 100 guests, three rare and exciting retrospective programs: Marcel Ophuls, the Sensory Ethnography Lab and the Belgian cult TV documentary series Strip-Tease. An outside interactive installation in front of St-Laurent metro, the “Kino-Pedals,” and cool shows and parties every night at our new headquarters [3450 St-Urbain],” says Charlotte Selb, the director of programming.

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Da Vinci

Some suggestions: “I really love our short documentaries, like Da Vinci, which is a kind of experimental sci-fi movie filmed partly inside the human body. A Story for the Modlins, which builds a mystery from some family archives found in the garbage in Madrid. And The Blazing World, which elegantly talks about kleptomania and female depression, weaving Winona Ryder’s testimony with the director’s own experience.

“In terms of features, I love Suitcase of Love and Shame, which tells the real story of an adulterous couple in the ‘60s, using the audio-recordings that the lovers made at the time. It’s a very strange, erotic and ghostly experience. Father’s Garden makes me laugh and cry a lot. Let the Fire Burn is also a must-see — and so many others.”

For more information: or you can check out the full line-up here.


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