RIDM 2017 – Final Weekend


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RIDM 2017 enter their last weekend and there is plenty to see. Closing film, Nothingwood (Review here : ——-), is shown Saturday at Concordia University SGWU, (H-110) and there is a reprise Sunday at Cinémathèque Québécoise, 1PM.

Some late suggestions:  (you can also scroll at the bottoms for some our favorites)

In Martin dicicco and Iva Radiovojevic’s  All that passes through a window that doesn’t open (Cinema du Parc, tonight, 8 PM) Armenian and Azerbaijanthe, in Caucasus, are working on the completion of a rail line linking their countries (as the wagons become their house) and a station master is waiting for the return of the trains for 20 years.


The Reagan show (Saturday, 5PM, Cinéma Quartier Latin) is made of White House footage of the Ronald Reagan administration.  Beside its lack of context for a younger audience, it is an interesting entry about the extensive use (before its time) of films, videos and PR by this actor turned trigger-happy president. As Ronnie puts it in a 1988 interview ”There have been times in this office when I wondered how you could do the Job if you haven’t been an actor”

Christine Franz’s Bunch of Kunst (Saturday, 8 PM, Cinéma du Parc), follows the trajectory of the angry and enigmatic Nottingham Brit duo Sleaford Mods, a voice of the working class. Being way out, for many years, of the ‘system’ and being  suddenly praised and sought after by this system who rejected them as much as they rejected it, raises question for the mates…




Otherwise you can catch up with the second screenings of Cinetalk’s favorites:

Taste of Cement (Review and schedule: https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/09/ridm-2017-taste-of-cement-syria/ )

A modern Man (Review and schedule: https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/13/ridm-2017-a-modern-man-germany-denmark-2017/)

Dragonfly Eyes (Review and schedule: https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/13/ridm-2017-dragonfly-eyes-china-2017/ )

City of the Sun,  Cinema du Parc (Review and schedule: https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/14/ridm-2017-city-of-the-sun-georgia-2017/)

Brimstone and glory (Review and schedule: https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/09/ridm-2017-brimstone-and-glory-usa-mexico-2017/)

Carcasse (Review and schedule: https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/09/ridm-2017-carcasse-iceland-france/)







RIDM 2017 : NOTHINGWOOD (Afghanistan – Germany – France) Closing film


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«Is the road potentially dangerous?» inquires director Sonia Kronlund, talking to her leading man, Salim Shaheen, in Nothingwood. If there is a fatal explosion, «we’ll both die for the glory of Cinema» is Shaleen answer.

After visiting Afghanistan several times, being confronted to grave subjects, Kronlund heard of Salim Shaheen. With more than a hundred pictures under his belt, he is the prince of Afghan Z movies. As he puts it «there is Hollywood, there is Bollywood and when you have no money you have Nothingwood». The director decided to follow him n a crazy journey. Heavily influenced by the Bollywood spectacles, but Continue reading

RIDM 2017: City of the Sun (Georgia – 2017)


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Rati Oneli’s hypnotically impressive City of the sun brings us at the center of a disturbing abyss.

In the Georgian mining town of Chiatura, people seem abandoned by the rest of civilization. They go on about their mining business during the day and about their social life later, resumed by expressing creativity in half-preserved surroundings and decaying architectures. Longings and hopes seem like distant foggy dreams.

Using numerous long trackings, longshots and deliberate slow pace, City of the sun, with its depiction of a semi-ghost town, is a dark and moody piece in a near apocalyptic setting. The approach is of a fiction film. Oneli spent months with his subjects. He observes his protagonists, rather than interviewing them.  They forget his presence. It took Continue reading

RIDM 2017: A Modern Man (Germany/Denmark– 2017)

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Don’t be fooled by silly synopses about Eva Mulvad’s A Modern Man. Many insinuate a tale of a hoity-toity, body and fashion-conscious, rich hunk. In fact, the subject in front of Mulvad’s lens is much more relatable, albeit falsely aloof. Yes, he has money. Yes, he likes fancy cars and luxury items, but this simply comes with the territory for a successful classical violinist from a well-off family. Overall, this is an essay about using the spotlight to achieve one’s goals without compromising one’s ideals. As with most active musicians, Charlie Siem jetsets between countries, appears for wardrobe fittings, and spends hours practicing his instrument. This lifestyle could include friendship and romance, but Siem is too fixated on his dreams to let such petty things taint his world.

There is a fine line between being stuck up and simply sticking to one’s objectives to a fault. The life the violinist lives brings him the joy of success, achievement, and recognition. However, the two-sided coin is that recognition only symbolizes ‘making it’ if it is the craft – the music – that is recognized. What does modeling for Hugo Boss do for a classical musician? It brings him adoring female fans that are only attracted to the photographer’s interpretation of who Siem is. Even Siem cannot recognize himself in these artistic portraits. Contrary to public opinion, he is not the most attractive hunk on the face of the planet. He is an average-looking man with boyish features and ill-sitting hair. He is neither poised when he stalks around in his tailored summer wear, nor when he’s bumming around in Continue reading

RIDM 2017: Antoine (Quebec, 2008)

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Laura Bari’s Antoine is a delightful documentary about the imagination and creativity of children. At the helm of a playtime detective agency, Antoine Hoang is the most resourceful of his group of friends. Despite his disability, he shows remarkable maturity and leadership skills. Six-year-old Antoine was born very premature. During incubation period, he suffered retinal detachment due to an overuse of oxygen. Nevertheless, he finds incredible ways to – just like his peers – be a kid.

Bari took a novel approach to documenting the child in his natural habitat. Instead of only capturing moments with her camera, she invented a fictional character and mystery storyline, and presented the ‘clues’ to Antoine in the form of a children’s activity. She also gave him recording equipment to document his Continue reading