Lode Desmet's Heysel'85 - Requiem For A Cup Final willclose the 12th annual Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival inToronto. The Belgian production, which chronicles the Heysel Stadium disasterof 1985, is among 100 films screening at the festival, billed as the largestevent of its kind in North America.
The festival begins April 22with the international premiere of Sundance Audience Award-winner Murderball, a film about the full-contact sport known as quadrugby.
Twenty years after the fact,Heysel '85 looks at the events ofMay 29, 1985 when 39 football fans were trampled to death in a riot in the run-upto the UEFA Cup Final between Juventus and Liverpool. The film brings togetherfans, security guards, officials and players from both sides to reflect on theday and their experiences.
Other world premieres areCanadian Paul Carriere's The Cross And Bones, an exploration of conflict of science and faithembodied by an Alberta town that is home to a large community of fundamentalistChristians and adjacent to one of the world's richest sources of dinosaurbones; Calling The Shots, aGermany-UK coproduction that looks through the eyes of three photojournalistscovering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Streetfight, by US filmmaker Marshall Curry, an essay on dirtypolitics as displayed in a recent municipal election in Newark, New Jersey; andSwitch Off, from Spain's ManelMayol, about the struggle of Chilean aboriginals expelled from their ancestrallands for a hydro-electric project.
The festival also includes asidebar of documentaries from Israel and a retrospective programme, Show MeYours: Sex & Documentary, featuringfilms about sexual behaviour, from pornography to sex therapy.
As previously announced,documentary master Errol Morris will be the subject of a retrospective andpublic question-and-answer session while his peers, Eugene Jarecki and DennisO'Rourke, will conduct master classes.