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CANADIAN PREMIERE OF THOMAS BALMÈS BABIES TO OPEN HOT DOCS 2010 FESTIVAL

CANADIAN DOC ON HOMEGROWN ROCK SUPERSTARS RUSH ALSO TO RECEIVE ITS CANADIAN PREMIERE OPENING NIGHT

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Toronto, March 23, 2010 – Hot Docs is thrilled to announce that the Canadian premiere of director Thomas Balmès’ BABIES (France, 79 min) will open the 2010 Festival on Thursday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street.

“Opening with a joyful work, one that beautifully observes the wonder of nascent life while gently underscoring the commonality and connectedness of the human species, is a sublime first step into this year’s Festival,” says Sean Farnel, director of programming for Hot Docs.

Produced by Alain Chabat, Amandine Billot, Christine Rouxel, and developed from an original idea by Chabat, BABIES simultaneously follows four babies from around the world – from remote locations in Namibia and Mongolia to the urban metropolises of Tokyo, Japan, and San Francisco, USA. Chronicling the growth of its subjects from birth to first steps, BABIES joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the human experience that are personal and unique, and yet at once universal to us all.

Thomas Balmès’ film A DECENT FACTORY screened at Hot Docs in 2005, and his film THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE PAPUANS screened in 2000.

Individual tickets for the opening night screening of BABIES are now available. Tickets for Hot Docs’ opening night gala activities, which include a pre-screening reception, the Canadian premiere of BABIES, and Impact: A Green Gala at the ROM’s Chen Crystal Court, are now available and can be purchased online at www.hotdocs.ca. In addition to its opening night screening, the film will also screen on Friday, April 30, at 1:45 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre.

BABIES will be released in theatres by Alliance Films on May 7, 2010. Hot Docs would like to thank Alliance Films for making the opening night screening of BABIES possible.

Hot Docs will also present the Canadian premiere of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn’s RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE (Canada, 106 min) on opening night, Thursday, April 29, at 9:30 p.m. at the Winter Garden Theatre. Canada’s greatest rock band, the influential and iconic Rush, get the musical bio they deserve: a hard-driving, engaging, heavy-on-the-hits chronicle of the world’s biggest cult band.

“Scot and Sam have made a spectacular rock doc that won’t disappoint rabid Rush fans and is sure to expand the fold,” says Farnel. “RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE makes the strongest case, beyond the music itself, that Rush’s omission from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is that institution’s most scandalous omission. But nonetheless, the members of Rush have clearly thrived as perpetual outsiders.”

Members of Rush will be in attendance for the film’s opening night screening at the Winter Garden Theatre. The film will also screen on Friday, April 30, at 4:00 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre.

RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE will be released in theatres by Alliance Films in June of 2010. Hot Docs would like to thank Alliance Films for making the Special Presentation of RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE possible.

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Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. From April 29 to May 9, 2010, Hot Docs will present an outstanding selection of 170+ documentaries from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions, market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Toronto Documentary Forum, May 5 and 6, and The Doc Shop.

The Hot Docs documentary Box Office (55 Avenue Road, 2 blocks north of Bloor St. W., lower level of Hazelton Lanes) is open for advance ticket and pass sales. Tickets can be purchased in person, online at www.hotdocs.ca, or by phone at 416-637-5150. Single tickets to screenings are $12 each. Late night screenings (after 11 p.m.) are $5 each or $10 for an All-You-Can-Eat Late Night Pass (one ticket to each screening). A Festival Pass (10 tickets) is $98 and a Premium Pass (one ticket to every screening, excluding those running concurrently) is $180 ($300 for two passes). Free tickets for all screenings before 6 p.m. are available for students and seniors (subject to availability) with valid photo ID at the venue box offices on the day of the screening.

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