As many of you can attest – seeing a great documentary film can leave you inspired, speechless and amazed.
From April 28 to May 8 the world’s best documentary filmmakers will be in Toronto for Hot Docs – North America’s largest documentary film festival.
This year, Hot Docs will present an outstanding selection of over 190 docs from around the world.
As last year, YouNxt and Ekran (the Toronto Polish Film Festival) are delighted to be official co-presenters of the Polish films at Hot Docs.
On May 4th we will also be hosting a special reception in honour of the Polish films at Hot Docs as well as local filmmaking talent.
The event will take place at the decadently delicious Kultura restaurant. Save the date and help us raise a toast to the creative, and often difficult, efforts of those that bring breathtaking stories to our eyes.
There will be two Polish features and two shorts at Hot Docs 2011. The features include:
At the Edge of Russia (Dir. Michal Marczak)
Sat, April 30 – 6:30pm, Cumberland 2
Tue, May 3 – 1:15 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
Fri, May 6 – 7pm, Cumberland 2
Hundreds of miles from the nearest human settlement, a young recruit arrives at his Arctic post, charged with an absurd task: patrolling the nothingness. A riveting portrait of silence, broken at times by vodka and sad song.
Phnom Penh Lullaby (Dir. Pawel Kloc)
Mon, May 2 – 9:45pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
Wed, May 4 – 4pm, Cumberland 2
Sun, May 8 – 5:45pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
Pushing the boundaries of documentary, this disturbing, highly compelling drama follows an Israeli man now living in Cambodia with his Khmer girlfriend and their two young daughters. A story from the fringes conveyed with an edge.
The two shorts films have both won numerous international awards. They are:
That’s Life (Dir. Daniel Zielinski)
Fri, April 29 – 9pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
Sun, May 1 – 1pm, Cumberland 3
A middle-aged Polish man—the filmmaker’s retired father—selflessly and tenderly cares for his elderly mother. They live a quiet life in the solitude of the countryside. The son films his father and grandmother with a sensitive, impressionistic eye, but in conversation the father expresses frustration and loneliness. A family visit shows us why.
Out of Reach (Dir. Jakub Stozek)
Sun, May 1 – 11:30am, ROM Theatre
Tue, May 3 – 9:45 – The Royal Cinema
Young and headstrong, sisters Karolina and Natalia are realistic about their home life. Their domineering father may not take the best care of them, but they know any life with their mysteriously absent mother would surely be worse.
For ticket information please visit the Hot Docs website.
Over the next few days we will be showcasing these films in more detail so make sure to check out our blog regularly for updates.
We are very excited to be involved with Hot Docs once again and we are especially proud to collaborate with our good friends at Ekran in bringing these docs to you. We’re looking forward to some memorable cinematic stories and look forward to seeing you at the movies.
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