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Toronto, January 5, 2012 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that February’s Doc Soup will screen the Toronto premiere of CALVET (D: Dominic Allan, UK, 86 minutes). Called “an emotional roller coaster” by Daily Telegraph UK and “the perfect documentary subject” by The Guardian, CALVET will screen on Wednesday, February 8, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Advance tickets are now available for purchase online at Filmmaker Dominic Allan will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings.

Never believe you’ve played your last hand. Jean Marc Calvet lived a dark and violent life. Then at age 38, a terrifying trip to hell and back gave him a second chance. On the run in Central America and haunted by his past, he shut himself away in a house and decided that death was his only way out. For nine months he suffered a terrifying metamorphosis and was saved only by a can of industrial paint. Now a successful artist with exhibitions in New York City, his work sells for tens of thousands of dollars. But in an effort to face his remaining demons head on, he must set out on a quest for redemption and return to France to find the son he abandoned over 10 years ago.

The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Single tickets for CALVET are $14 and can be purchased in advance at or at the door on the night of the screening (subject to availability). A limited number of free tickets for the 9:15 p.m. screening will be available to students with proper ID (subject to availability) at the door, on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming screening dates for Toronto’s Doc Soup are March 7 and April 4. Doc Soup titles are announced at least one month prior to their screenings and, whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance.

Hot Docs is pleased to acknowledge Citytv as the Presenting Partner of the Doc Soup series.

Doc Soup Toronto is sponsored by Rogers Group of Funds and Ford.


Hot Docs (, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 19th annual edition from April 26 – May 6, 2012. An outstanding selection of 150+ documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the recently acquired Bloor Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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