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RIDM+ présente UNDER THE SUN
Young Zin-mi, 8, clearly loves life. She’s a model student who is preparing diligently with her cohorts at the Children’s Union for a grand celebration of the late leader Kim Jong Il’s birthday. With her happy middle-class parents by her side, her daily life is filmed for a full year – under close state supervision.

A documentary initiated and approved by the North Korean government, Under the Sun is the work of a patient and meticulous filmmaker with a keen eye for the smallest cracks in a well-oiled system that never stops trying to make him conform to its demands. Between constant meddling from authorities, who force him to re-shoot scenes, and increasingly obvious signs of fatigue on Zin-mi’s face, Under the Sun not only shows life inside North Korea but the gradual, inevitable and heartbreaking transformation of a little girl into a tool of the state.

The RIDM+ series is presented by Télé-Québec.
Vitaly Mansky
 
LA FILLE DE NEIGE
Snegurochka was born in times of old in Tsar Berendey’s mythical kingdom, the fruit of the union between Spring the Beauty and Grandfather Frost. Protected by her parents from the jealousy of the Sun god Yarilo who has vowed to warm her heart when she gets older and falls in love, Snegurochka the snow maiden is entrusted to the wood sprite... Particularly attached to the opera which he himself considered to be a work of maturity, RimskyKorsakov would write ten years after its creation that: “anyone who fails to love The Snow Maiden understands nothing of my works nor of myself”. A masterpiece of popular Slavic literature, The Snow Maiden brings to the stage a magical fantasy enriched by the rigours of the weather. Aida Garifullina sings the role of Snegurochka whilst the production and musical direction have been left in the capable hands of two other Russian artists: the young conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov and director Dmitri Tcherniakov.
 
CINÉMAGIQUE présente PATIENTS
Based on the book by Grand Corps Malade. Bathing, dressing, walking, basketball... things Ben can no longer do when he lands at a physiotherapy center following a crippling accident. His new friends are tetraplegics, paraplegics, victims of head injury, the cream of the handicapped. Together they'll learn patience. They'll resist, show off, quarrel, and flirt, but above all, they'll find the strength to live again. STEP BY STEP is a story of rebirth, a chaotic journey marked by wins and losses, tears and laughter, and especially, encounters with others: healing is a team effort.
Fabien Marsaud (aka Grand Corps Malade), Mehdi Idir
 
DAVID LYNCH - THE ART LIFE (STF)
David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America, to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema's most enigmatic directors. DAVID LYNCH - THE ART LIFE infuses Lynch's own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corner of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist.

“Who wouldn’t want to spend 90 minutes inside David Lynch’s head? A must-see film.” - David Frear, Rolling Stone

“Art and life inseparably imitate each other in this engagingly discursive portrait of the cult filmmaker in fine-arts mode. Indispensible for Lynch heads.” – Variety

“Jason S.’s dense, dark camerawork can only be called Lynchian. At times the busy backgrounds strewn with unidentifiable objects become confused with the bizarre, rather monstrous constructions Lynch sticks to canvas in a stream of creative outpouring.” – Hollywood Reporter

“Leaves the viewer ready to revisit Lynch's iconic works from a new angle after its quietly fascinating keyhole view into the creative mind.” – Austin Chronicle
Jon Nguyen,Rick Barnes & Olivia Neergaard-Holm
 
VIDEODROME
In this David Cronenberg film, a strange television show called Videodrome, which shows uncut, unedited films of seemingly real human torture and murder, is intercepted by cable-television programmer Max Renn (James Woods) who specializes in soft-core pornography. Fascinated, and hoping to duplicate some of what he sees for his own audience, Max searches to discover the show's producer and place of origin. He also begins an intense sadomasochistic affair with the mysterious Nicki (Debbie Harry).The scene where Max meets Nicki on a television talk show and seduces her -- to the great consternation of the hostess -- is hilarious. Along with a more than academic interest in shape objects and Swiss army knives, Nicki is also drawn to Videodrome, but wants to be a participant rather than part of the audience. When she disappears, Max becomes obsessed by his search, which leads him to a the daughter of a mysterious media guru, Bianca O'Blivion (Sonja Smits). What he discovers both frightens and fascinates Max, leading to the unusual and ambiguous conclusion. James Woods brings great intensity and an off-beat sensuality to the character of Max. Rock star Debbie Harry is sexy and intriguing as the very kinky Nicki. The film is marred by some thematic inconsistencies and an unsatisfactory conclusion, but Cronenberg, who wrote and directed, creates a dark and mesmerizingly atmospheric vision.
David Cronenberg
 
English subtitled in French
Général (déconseillé aux jeunes enfants)
Général (déconseillé aux jeunes enfants)
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COLOSSAL
Gloria is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.
Nacho Vigalondo
 
English subtitled in French
13+  Langage vulgaire
13+ Langage vulgaire
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T2 TRAINSPOTTING
First there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home.They are waiting for him: Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.
Danny Boyle
 
English subtitled in French
Général
Général
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PATERSON
Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey--they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest deta
Jim Jarmusch
 
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (STF)
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends-Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Raoul Peck
 

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