We’ve got some very exciting news. YouNxt and Ekran (the Toronto Polish Film Festival) are official co-presenters of three Polish films at the world-renowned Hot Docs festival. Hot Docs – the Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and industry market.
Every year the festival showcases some of the most exciting docs around. It’s also a hub for documentary filmmakers from all over the globe to come together in order to make connections, share insights, pitch projects and present their films.
Canada has a great tradition of documentary filmmaking (the NFB has won 12 Oscars and garnered 70 nominations!) so, when it comes to docs, we can definitely hold our own. The Hot Docs festival is among the most respected documentary festivals in the world and every year it’s a huge hit with audiences.
We are extremely excited to be involved with Hot Docs and we are especially proud to collaborate with our good friends at Ekran in bringing three terrific docs from some of Poland’s best filmmakers.
The three documentary films are:
War Games and The Man Who Stopped Them (Gry wojenne i człowiek, który je zatrzymał) Dir. Dariusz Jabłoński / 113 min / English, Polish, Russian
During the Cold War, Polish Colonel Ryszard Kukliński spied for the CIA, revealing Russia’s secret plans to invade Western Europe. Through his act of betrayal, Kuklinski saves his beloved homeland, but is forced into exile.
Check out the trailer:
A Man Came and Took Her (Przyszedł człowiek i wziął) Dir. Jedrzej Niestoj & Rafal Przybyl / 80 min / Polish with English subtitles
When eight-year-old Ola goes missing, her rural community grows abuzz with gossip and rumour. Her grief-stricken mother remains convinced that her daughter is alive, placing more faith in fortune tellers than the police investigation.
Chemo (Chemia) Dir. Pawel Lozinski / 58 min / Polish with English subtitles
Chemotherapy patients at a Warsaw oncology clinic are shot in close-ups. Their pillow talk reveals lives still left to be lived: a wedding, the chance to see hair grow back, and the everyday minutiae that makes life worth fighting for.
There is also an 18-minute long film from director Marcin Janos Krawczyk called Six Weeks that will screen with Chemo. Here’s the synopsis:
Living on welfare payments too small to survive on, in a tiny apartment with no hot water orgas, a single mother has no choice but to give her newborn to an orphanage. 6 Weeks is an intimate and powerful short that documents a mother’s painful goodbye as her baby, along with so many other babies, awaits its future in a Polish orphanage.
Click on the film titles to find out more info about screening times. Festival ticket information can be obtained from the Hot Docs website.
We will be organizing some exciting Hot Docs related activities so make sure to check back frequently for the latest updates. See you in the movie theatre!