Hot Docs to screen 219 documentaries from 66 countries
- The 28th edition of North America's largest documentary film festival will take place online 29 April - 9 May
Opening with Ann Shin's highly anticipated A.rtificial I.mmortality, screening in the Canadian Spectrum selection along with 14 other titles, the 28th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival will present a total of 219 films from 66 countries across 12 sections online, from 29 April to 9 May.
The International Spectrum competitive section includes ten films, out of which half are European: Annabel Verbeke's Four Seasons in One Day (Belgium/Norway/Croatia), Miguel Ángel Blanca's Magaluf Ghost Town [+see also:
interview: Miguel Ángel Blanca
film profile] (Spain/France), Svetlana Rodina's Ostrov - Lost Island [+see also:
film profile] (Switzerland), Mia Halme's People We Come Across (Finland) and Mohamed El Aboudi's School of Hope (Finland/France/Morocco). These films will compete for Best International Feature Documentary Award and the Special Jury Prize, as well as the Emerging Filmmaker Award. The full list of films is here.
One of the most popular programmes is Special Presentations, consisting of world and international premieres and films by highly acclaimed filmmakers, including René Sascha Johannsen's 7 Years of Lukas Graham [+see also:
film profile] (Denmark), Daniel Sivan's Dirty Tricks (Israel), Alessandro Rossellini's The Rossellinis [+see also:
interview: Alessandro Rossellini
film profile] (Italy/Latvia), Willemiek Kluijfhout's The Taste of Desire (Netherlands) and Udi Nir and Sagi Bornstein's Viral (Israel/Germany). For the full list, click here.
The World Showcase section will showcase touching personal narratives and cultural revelations from around the world, with a total of 49 features, mid-length and short films from 38 countries. European (co-)productions that will word premiere in this section include the highly anticipated Life of Ivanna by Renato Borrayo Serrano, Lucia Kasova's The Sailor (Slovakia), Ines Marzouk's My Mohamed Is Different (Egypt/Tunisia/Italy), Keti Machavariani's Sunny (Georgia) and Laurentia Genske's Zuhur's Daughters (Germany). For the full list, click here.
The newly established Systems Down programme, featuring films that capture the zeitgeist of calls for systemic change, includes Aslaug Holm's Generation Utøya (Norway), Louise Detlefsen's It Is Not Over Yet [+see also:
film profile] (Denmark) and Roser Corella's Room Without a View (Austria/Germany). The full list is here.
In addition to EFP's traditional selection The Changing Face of Europe, which will showcase ten fresh European titles (list here), other sections include Persister (films of revolutionary women and women's empowerment), Markers (films that push the boundaries of the documentary form), Deep Dive (compelling series), Nightvision (future cult classics), Artscapes (creative minds, artistic pursuits and inventive filmmaking) and Made in Colombia.
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