The 15th edition unveiled its complete line-up at a press conference in Toronto this morning. Also announced were the 35 projects up for presentation at the allied Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF), April 23-24.
Air India 182 follows the 16-hour journey of the bomb-rigged suitcase that resulted in the deadliest terrorist attack prior to 9/11 and the largest mass murder in Canadian history. On June 22, 1985, the Boeing 747 was destroyed over the Atlantic killing all 329 persons on board. More than 20 years later the incident continues to reverberate through Canadian society.
Other feature-length world premieres include:
Dilip Mehta's The Forgotten Woman, an investigation into the plight of widows in contemporary India inspired by the production of Deepa Mehta's period film on the same subject, Water. The director, Deepa's brother, is a production designer and photo journalist in his own right.
Nik Sheehan's Flicker, the story of Beat Generation visionary Brion Gysin who developed a drug-free route to altered consciousness in the form of the eponymous machine.
Adrian Wills' All Together Now, a behind-the-scenes look at the Cirque du Soleil production 'Love' inspired by music of The Beatles. The film features interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.
The Rise and Fall Of The Grumpy Burger, Matt Gallagher's portrait of an aspiring B-movie director who sets out to prove his family invented fast food.
Garbage! The Revolution Starts At Home, the feature documentary debut of Andrew Nisker, explores the impact of household refuse on a global scale.
Sundance titles are prominent in Hot Docs' line-up including World Cinema Jury Prize winner Man On Wire, Christopher Bell's Bigger, Stronger, Faster, an examination of steroid culture in the US and Sacha Gervais' profile of heavy metal's pioneers, Anvil! The Story Of Anvil - which opens Hot Docs alongside Isabella Rossellini and Jody Shapiro's Green Porno shorts. As well, the festival will screen Sandrine Bonnaire's FIPRESCI Award-winning 2007 Quinzaine title Her Name Is Sabine and 2007 Britdoc's Best British Feature Documentary winner Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go by Kim Longinotto.
In all the festival will screen 170 films from 36 countries and expects an attendance of 2000 international industry delegates.
The 35 projects included in the TDF originate from 12 countries, including Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the US. This year the Forum expands to embrace mini-series and series in addition and projects in the history and science field.
For complete line-ups of both events, go to www.hotdocs.ca