Oskar Alegría´s latest film, Zumiriki, is now screening at the Montreal International Documentary Festival, competing in the International Feature Films Section.
The film tells the story of a man who voluntarily isolates himself in the forests of the Pyrenees in Navarre to reconnect with nature and his childhood. The film revolves around the core idea of waiting. Alegría himself, the main character in the documentary, decided to isolate himself in a hut in the forest for four months, his only company a vegetable garden, two hens and 70 books. The word Zumiriki means “river island”, and refers to a particular island that Alegría knew in his childhood which was flooded when a dam was built. The film has also been shown in other international events such as the Mostra di Venezia.
Alegría´s film was first shown on November 21 at the Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin. Another screening on Saturday, November 23, at 1:15 p.m., will give more people a chance to see Zumiriki again, this time at Cinéma du Parc - Hall 2.
The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is one of North America’s leading documentary film festivals. It presents more than 150 Canadian and international documentaries and attracts more than 63,000 visitors each year. Its industry event formed in 2004, Forum RIDM, is Quebec’s only forum for Documentary industry professionals. The programme includes retrospectives, debates and parallel activities in addition to movie premieres.