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09 - 19 Nov. 2016



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



*Exceptionnally presented on a Wednesday for the March screening 

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.



Wednesday, March 29, 8p.m., Cinéma du Parc

THE SOCIOLOGIST AND THE BEAR CUB by Étienne Chaillou and Mathias Théry 

France | 2016 | 77 minutes | In the original French, with English subtitles

For its March RIDM+ film, the RIDM is pleased to present a Montreal sneak preview of the intelligent and entertaining animated documentary The Sociologist and the Bear Cub (La sociologue et l’ourson), directed by Étienne Chaillou and Mathias Théry.

In February, RIDM+ explored racial tensions in the United States through the prism of the writings of James Baldwin. For its March film, the series crosses the ocean to delve into a bitter debate that has stirred passions in France for a decade. For several months in 2012-13, the country was locked in a struggle over a marriage equality bill introduced by the Hollande government. During the debate, sociologist Irène Théry, one of the architects of the proposed law, appeared in public frequently, to communicate the intent of the reform as clearly as possible. Her son Mathias and his creative partner Étienne Chaillou seized the opportunity to film Irène in her daily routine, secretly recording her phone conversations with Mathias, and shooting documentary footage as well as reconstructions – using teddy bears. The result is a film as playful as it is political, as intimate as it is universal, that delivers a measured, intelligent reflection on a major social issue. It is a touching, funny and unforgettable portrait of a mother-son relationship, and a thoroughly original chronicle of a pivotal moment for modern France.



(Past screenings)

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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