– The 29th edition of the largest documentary festival in North America will be held physically in Toronto and online across Canada, with 226 documentaries from 63 countries on the program.
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The next edition of the Canadian Hot Docs International Documentary Festival returns to cinemas in Toronto from April 28 to May 8, and its official selections will also be broadcast across Canada via Hot Docs at Home. After presenting 2,563 films, this year’s list will feature 226 films from 63 countries, covering 15 programs, and will feature 63 world and 47 international premieres. It should be noted that Hot Docs continues to bet on gender parity, with 49% of female directors represented in the official selection.
The festival opens with the world premiere of In the weedsdirected by the legendary Toronto filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal. This is the second time Baichwal will open Hot Docs with one of his films; the first time, he presented action of God in 2009. The new feature tells the powerful story of David and Goliath of a former gardener facing a multinational agrochemical corporation after his diagnosis of terminal cancer.
The competitive section of International Spectrum includes ten films, which will compete for the award for best international documentary: 5 dreamers and a horse per Aren Malakyan i Vahagn Khachatryan (Armenia / Switzerland / Germany / Denmark), Blue Island per Chan Tze Woon (Hong Kong / Japan / Taiwan), Boylesc per Bogna Kowalczyk (Poland / Czech Republic), Delicate per Karl Malakunas (USA / Australia / Philippines / United Kingdom / Hong Kong), The murder of a journalist per Matt Sarnecki (Denmark / Czech Republic / USA), Little girls per Pauline Beugnies (Belgium), Outside [+lire aussi :
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The popular special presentation program features high-profile films, major festival hits and well-known themes, and includes, among others, Angels of Sinjar [+lire aussi :
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The World Showcase section includes revealing stories covering the world, including world and international premieres of European (co) productions such as African moot per Shameela Seedat (South Africa / Finland), Good life per Marta Dauliute i Victoria Siaulyte (Sweden / Lithuania / Finland) i Lessons for Luca per Salvador Gieling (Netherlands). For the full list, click here.
The Changing Face of Europe program, which offers engaging stories and new perspectives on a Europe in constant transition, includes the world premieres of Atomic hope: within the pro-nuclear movement per Frankie Fenton (Ireland) i Banda per Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir (Iceland), along with the international premiere of Greater than trauma per Vedrana Pribacic (Croatia). The program is presented in collaboration with European Film Promotion (EFP) and the full selection can be found here.
Other Hot Docs sections include Artscapes (approaching creative minds, artistic activities, and inventive cinema), Nightvision (future cult classics), Persister (voices of strong, inspiring women who speak and are heard), Markers (for Films that cross the boundaries of the documentary form), Deep Dive (convincing series), the Made In program (focusing on recent works from Chile) and the new thematic program Hidden Stories (which brings to light buried stories).