HOT DOCS: STRONG GERMAN PRESENCE IN TORONTO

HOT DOCS: STRONG GERMAN PRESENCE IN TORONTO

The international documentary film scene will be getting together for the 26th time at Hot Docs, one of the most important documentary film festivals in the world, from 25th April to 5th May 2019. German filmmakers are represented by as many as three productions in the section World Showcase, and exciting German productions can also be discovered in the rest of the festival line-up.

All good things come in threes at the Hot Doc World Showcase. In her sensitive film recounting a tragic family story and an intense love between brothers, Julia Horn shows how this comes about in DEAR BROTHER (Corso Film). But the film, which is experiencing its world premiere in Toronto, also raises questions: “What will we do for love? How far will we go? How can communication succeed, even beyond language?”. HI, A.I. by Isa Willinger (Kloos & Co. Medien) also examines communication and interpersonal relationships. Among the people of the film, and between them and A.I. This film won the documentary film award at the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken, ran in the Lola section of the Berlinale as part of the pre-selection for the German Film Award, and has been invited to the festivals CPH:DOX and Visions du Réel in Nyon. In SEARCHING EVA Pia Hellenthal (Corso Film) sets out to explore the life of a young woman who grew up in the Internet era and has declared her search for self a public spectacle. The film ran in the Berlinale Panorama and has been invited to the competition of CPH:DOX.

In 2019 European Film Promotion (EFP) will be cooperating with Hot Docs for the second time in order to present the program section The Changing Face of Europe. Here, it will be possible to see ten European documentary films examining current themes such as immigration, populist movements or economic fears. The EFP members submit suggestions for the section, and director of programming Shane Smith is responsible for programming. The films chosen include LORD OF THE TOYS by Pablo Ben Yakov for Germany (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg), which received the prize for the Best German Documentary Film at DOK Leipzig.

Two impressive German entries can also be seen in the Artscapes section this year. BEAUTY AND DECAY (IT WORKS! Medien) about photographer and Berghain bouncer Sven Marquardt is a film dealing with Germany and specifically with Berlin by well-known producer and director Annekatrin Hendel. BEYOND THE VISIBLE – HILMA AF KLINT by Halina Dyrschka (Ambrosia Film) looks at the Swedish painter of the same name, a pioneer of abstract painting.

A worldwide issue is the focus of THE REST (AWW Germany) by Ai Weiwei. In his film the Chinese artist devotes himself to the European refugee crisis; it is being shown in the section Special Presentations. In his work he takes a close look at the fates of the individuals beyond the headlines and media images.

For the Forum Pitch two majority German projects have been selected. 1001 NIGHTS APART von Sarvnaz Alambeigi (DE/US/UK/IR, Filmpunkt) and MISSION SEX-ED by Cosima Dannoritzer (DE/ES, Tondowski Films). The Forum Pitch will take place on 30 April and 1 May.

A total of 15 German films and coproductions will be shown at Hot Docs this year.

All German films and coproductions at Hot Docs 2019:

GERMAN FILMS & CO-PRODUCTIONS AT TORONTO 2019
26th Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (25 April – 5 May 2019)


World Showcase
DEAR BROTHER by Julia Horn (Corso Film)
GODS OF MOLENBEEK by Reetta Huhtanen (FI/BE/DE, Tondowski Films)
HI, A.I. by Isa Willinger (Kloos & Co. Medien)
SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal (Corso Film)

Special Presentations
GAZA by Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell (CA/IR/DE, gebrueder beetz filmproduktion)
THE REST by Ai Weiwei (AWW Germany)

The Changing Face of Europe
#FEMALE PLEASURE by Barbara Miller (CH/DE, INDI FILM)
LORD OF THE TOYS by Pablo Ben Yakov (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)

Artscapes
BEAUTY AND DECAY by Annekatrin Hendel (IT WORKS! Medien)
BEYOND THE VISIBLE – HILMA AF KLINT by Halina Dyrschka (Ambrosia Film)

Shorts
RIOT NOT DIET by Julia Fuhr Mann (University of Television & Film Munich, WildBird Film)

Made in Italy
ISIS, TOMORROW. THE LOST SOULS OF MOSUL by Francesca Mannocchi und Alessio Romenzi (IT/DE, Cala Filmproduktion)
UNA PRIMAVERA by Valentina Primavera (AT/DE/IT)

Making Believe
PROPAGANDA: THE ART OF SELLING LIES by Larry Weinstein (CA/DE, Taglicht Media)

Persister
BORN IN EVIN by Maryam Zaree (DE/AT, Tondowski Films)

DOCX
HOME AFTER WAR by Gayatri Parameswaran, Felix Gaedtke (US/DE/IQ)

FORUM PITCH
1001 NIGHTS APART by Sarvnaz Alambeigi (DE/US/UK/IR, Filmpunkt)
COLOUR OF THE WIND by Claire Sanford (CA/DE/FI, Alias film und sprachtransfer)
MIDWIVES by Hnin Ei Hlaing (CA/DE/MM, AMA FILM)
MISSION SEX-ED by Cosima Dannoritzer (DE/ES, Tondowski Films)
ZINDER by Aicha Macky (FR/NE/DE, Corso Film)

Contact: Bernhard Simek