TORONTO — Norway’s “Alt om min far” (All About My Father) scooped top honors at the HotDocs Canadian Intl. Documentary Festival, which wrapped Sunday.
Helmer Even Benestad’s pic is an intimate look at his transvestite doctor father, Esben.
Second prize went to “Two Towns of Jasper,” from New York-based directors Whitney Dow and Marco Williams, about the racially-divided Texan community.
The ninth 10-day fest, the largest in North America, attracted 1,500 industry delegates and screened 100 docs from around the world.
Other winners included Montreal helmer Carole Laganiere’s “La fiancee de la vie” (The Fiancee of Life), a portrait of children coping with the death of a parent or sibling, which nabbed Canuck doc kudos.
Director honors went to Montreal’s Andre-Line Beauparlant, for “Trois princesses pour Roland” (Three Princesses for Roland), in which three generations of women reflect on spousal violence and substance abuse.
Top doc in this year’s National Spotlight Program, which this year was trained on Germany, is “Absolut Warhola,” Stanislaw Mucha’s portrait of artist Andy Warhol’s relatives.
“Danach hatte es schon sein mussen” (It Should Have Been Nice After That), a look at German director Karin Jurschick’s family past, won the statuette for first doc.
Canuck director Steven Silver’s “The Last Just Man,” an examination of futile attempts to get the United Nations to intervene in Rwanda’s genocide, won the humanitarian award and was also the audience’s pick.