A look at the 20th edition!
The festival enjoyed exceptional attendance levels this year, with a 20% increase. There were 31 sold-out screenings (as compared to 18 in 2016) of 20 different films.
Among the full houses were Ouvrir La Voix by Amandine Gay, which received the audience award presented by TV5. Public enthusiasm was also high for works by acclaimed filmmakers such as Frederick Wiseman (EX-LIBRIS: The New York Public Library) and remarkable works by young filmmakers like Zia Kalthoum (Taste of Cement) and Basma Alsharif (Ouroboros).
Several local films were also hits. New documentaries by established Quebecers like Serge Giguère (Les lettres de ma mère), Mathieu Roy (Les dépossédés), Carlos Ferrand (13, un ludodrame sur Walter Benjamin), Laura Bari (Primas), Guillaume Sylvestre (DPJ) andCatherine Martin (Certains de mes amis) were seen by large audiences. The festival is also proud to have contributed to the success of feature films by talented up-and-comers such asKalina Bertin (Manic), Émilie B. Guérette (L’autre Rio) and Paul Tom (Bagages).
The focus on new talent was reflected in the winners of the festival’s grand prizes for Canadian and international films: Taming the Horse by Tao Gu and Room for a Man by Anthony Chidiac, a pair of impressive and highly personal feature films.
Director: Jonathan Brisebois
Music: Walrus - Wearing It