TORONTO — Hot Docs unveiled its slate on Tuesday, including the international preem of Kirby Dick’s indictment of closeted American politicos “Outrage” and the Canadian preems of James Toback’s “Tyson” and Mercedes Stalenhoef’s “Carmen Meets Borat,” about the Romanian villagers seen in “Borat.”
The 16th edition of North America’s largest nonfiction fest will unspool 171 pics, selected from a record 1,948 submissions, during its 11-day run, which kicks off in Toronto April 30.
“These are wild times,” said Hot Docs programming director Sean Farnel, “but documentary continues to be a vibrant storytelling form, helping make sense of the world.”
Responding to global economy blues, the newly minted 11-pic Let’s Make Money program includes world preems of “The Entrepreneur,” about auto importer Malcolm Bricklin and helmed by son Jonathan; Liz Canner’s look at America’s pharmaceutical industry, “Orgasm Inc.”; and Shannon Walsh and Alan Kohl’s Alberta oil sands investigation “H2Oil.”
Besides fest opener “Act of God,” from Toronto’s Jennifer Baichwal, high-profile Canuck docs include world preems of Kevin McMahon’s Great Lakes adventure “Waterlife” and Larry Weinstein’s Auschwitz mystery “Inside Hana’s Suitcase” plus the North American preem of John Greyson’s HIV/AIDS activist tribute “Fig Trees,” all special presentations.
Notable world preems in Canadian Spectrum’s 24-pic program include Hubert Davis’ “Invisible City,” Barry Greenwald’s “The Experimental Eskimos” and Alan Zweig’s “A Hard Name.”
Twenty features play in the competitive Intl. Spectrum, including Eric Daniel Metzgar’s “Reporter” (on Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof), and the world preems of Mads Brugger’s “The Red Chapel” (Danes disguised as theater troupe enter North Korea) and Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson’s “Mugabe and the White African.”
World Showcase world preems among its 29 features includes Scott Crocker’s “Ghost Bird,” Camilla Calamandrei’s “The Tiger Next Door” and Q’s “Love in India.”
Next, launched last year, presents 19 features on the creative process, while this year’s Made In program focuses on South Korean docs.
To mark the National Film Board of Canada’s 70th anniversary, Hot Docs’ spotlight shines on the agency’s documentary legacy with a guest-selected retro. Toronto indie maverick Ron Mann (“Grass”) gets a mid-career retro, while veteran Alanis Obomsawin receives the fest’s outstanding achievement award.