The Montreal International Documentary Festival, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, is again showing an important number of German documentaries and co-productions, including Taste of Cement
, presented in the International Feature Competition section in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut.
Taste of Cement
November 10 at 8 pm.
Cinémathèque québécoise, salle principale
The director will be present, followed by a discussion.
November 17 at 7 pm.
Concordia University, Auditorium des diplomés de la SGWU (H-110)
Taste of Cement
By Ziad Kalthoum, Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, 2017, 85 min, in Arabic with English subtitles.
This cinematic tour de force by Syrian filmmaker Ziad Kalthoum, winner of the Grand prix at Visions du réel this year, examines the degrading conditions experienced by refugee Syrian construction workers in Lebanon. Kept on construction sites around the clock by a curfew that cuts them off from the outside world, the workers toil to rebuild their host country, knowing that their own country lies in ruins. Gruelling days of labour are followed by long, lonely nights, haunted by the shared nightmare of a traumatized people. With its impressive dreamlike sequences, captivating camera work, surprising editing and excellent soundtrack, the director has a made a masterful, deeply humane film.
Presented in collaboration with CSN, Goethe-Institut Montréal, Institute of International Education, Cinema Politica, La maison de la Syrie, KazaMaza Restaurant and Bell Media
For more information on the German films in the RIDM, please click here.