Happy New Year! ... und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr !

Annie Becker - Beez Neez

Paolo Conte - Gelato al limon


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DVD : Snow and Ashes

On January 3rd 2012, Snow and Ashes will be available on DVD.


Blaise Dumas, war correspondent covers an armed conflict in Eastern Europe. When he wakes from a temporary coma in his hometown of Quebec City, Blaise discovers that his long time collaborator and photographer has not come back with him. He then sets out to recapture the events that led to his friend’s disappearance and his own narrow escape from the war zone.

Snow & Ashes is a compelling human post-modern western tale that forces us to ponder and reflect on the unpredictable choices of life and on the strength of the media and the sacrifices journalists must make for their craft.

Both English and French versions are on the DVD with either subtitles when applicable (Russian).

Comments from the movie crew in English.

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Merry Christmas!

Best Blues Guitar-Playing and Listening with Cecile Doo-Kingué

Best Dancing to the Reggae Music of
Sierre Leone's Refugee All Stars


DVD Animated The Smurfs and the Magic Flute

''The tournament's starting!''
''You have lost, Sire!''

No, Not Once Upon A Time
After the tournament a merchant stops at the King's castle full of musical instruments for a cute young one who can't sing but loves music... The Smurfs and the Magic Flute is set in the Middle Ages.

''Have you seen it? It's only got 6 holes... And here it goes!'' says the King.

The merchant may have left the flute behind and the King may have thrown it in the fire... William will find it nevertheless and it'll cause trouble!

The Flute - It's Magical!
The flute only plays one tune but it has a magic trick associated with it: it makes people dance and dance and dance unwillingly and uncontrollingly when it is played. ''It's witchcraft!'' they say.

''Someone's stolen my flute''
William of course is having a wonderful time with his new toy and the feeling of power it gives him but he doesn't know that some villain has his eyes on this overwhelming flute with ideas of his own for what to do with such a fancy weapon. And poor William will be fooled. And so the inhabitants of the kingdom will be robbed of everything they own until the SMURFS come along and get their flute back.

This animated film is adapted from the comic book of the same name, from the Johan and Peewit collection. The joyful blue characters' fantasy-filled stories will enchant children and adults alike. A great fun-filled adventure for the whole family!

This DVD is available at Imavision.com or in stores, and it can be watched in either  English or French - just choose the language from the disk menu.

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December 6, 1989 Commemoration of the MONTREAL MASSACRE

On December 6th 1989, a hateful man called Marc Lépine barged into a Montreal University classroom and coldly killed women, ONLY WOMEN, because they were STUDYING ENGINEERING.

Place du 6-décembre-1989, Montréal, Québec, Canada (best country in the world to live in ? NOT IF YOU'RE A WOMAN!)


A successful 14th edition for RIDM

The 14th edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) ended on Sunday, Nov. 20, after 12 days of screenings and a wide range of activities. The rich and varied program included 119 films from 32 countries, shown in 10 Montreal theatres to more than 30,000 festivalgoers. Audiences and some 65 guests from around the world saw 26 Canadian and Quebec films, 14 world and international premieres, and 25 North American premieres. Prizes totaling $20,000 in cash and $6,500 in services were awarded at the closing ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 19.


Highlights of the 14th RIDM include the national competition winners, Les États‐Unis d’Afrique by Yanick Létourneau, which won the Cinémathèque québécoise‐Critics’ Choice Award, and Catherine Hébert’s Carnets d’un grand détour, winner of the Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature. Montreal audiences will have the chance to see both films again once they hit theatres this winter and spring. The Vanishing Spring Light by Xun Yu won the Best New Talent from Quebec/Canada Award, and went on to win the First Appearance Award at IDFA in Amsterdam.


For the first time, a jury of five female inmates from the Joliette Institution chose a film from among eight candidates. The Mexican film The Tiniest Place (El lugar más pequeño) by director Tatiana Huezo won the inaugural Women Inmates Award. RIDM also continued its other initiatives in the corrections system, with a screening of Bouton at Maison Tanguay on November 21, with the filmmaker, Res Balzli (Switzerland), in attendance.

Jørgen Leth
Photo Jacqueline Mallette

Other successful initiatives included free matinees for students and seniors, which generally played to full houses. Three retrospectives and accompanying master classes, featuring filmmakers Jørgen Leth, Helena Třeštíková and Frederick Wiseman, also drew large audiences. Several films from the official selection attracted a great deal of attention from audiences and media, including Inside Lara Roxx by Mia Donovan, Mom et moi by Danic Champoux, L’or des autres (The Gold of  Others) by Simon Plouffe, L’Empire du milieu du Sud (The Empire of Mid‐South) by Jacques Perrin and Éric Deroo, Position Among the Stars by Leonard Retel Helmrich, and Crazy Horse by Frederick Wiseman.


Doc Circuit Montreal, the Quebec documentary market, attracted a diverse group of more than 300 professionals. The event’s 7th edition had a number of highlights, including the opening roundtable about festivals, with Philippe Clivaz (Visions du Réel), Javier Packer‐Comyn (Cinéma du réel), Alex Rogalski (Hot Docs) and David Wilson (True/False Film Fest); a roundtable on American funding institutions, with Orlando Bagwell (Ford Foundation), Beth Janson (Tribeca Film Institute), Judith Helfand (Chicken & Egg Pictures) and Emily Verellen (The Fledgling Fund); the EyeSteelFilm Pitch and the eventclosing Cuban Hat Pitch.

In addition, there was also the eagerly anticipated Face‐to‐Face activity; and many presentations and networking activities. Doc Circuit Montreal also included four new initiatives designed to support emerging talents, promote inter‐generational dialogue and provide alternatives to conventional financing. Doc Circuit Montreal is proud to have emerged as an essential documentary industry event.


Starting Friday, Dec. 2, RIDM will offer additional screenings in Quebec City, followed by a new series of monthly “Docville” screenings launching in January. The last Thursday of every month at 7 p.m., at Excentris, viewers will be treated to the Montreal premiere of one of the year’s best films. The films will be announced three weeks before each screening. Movie cards are available for $50 for 8 films.

Quebec’s only film festival dedicated to documentaries, the Montreal International Documentary Festival presents the best reality‐based films, including the works of established directors and new talents.

The 15th edition of the RIDM will take place from November 7 to 18, 2012.

Information: www.ridm.qc.ca / info@ridm.qc.ca