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HOMEGROWN FILMMAKING TALENT TO BE CELEBRATED AS PART OF HOT DOCS’ CANADIAN SPECTRUM PROGRAM

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Toronto, March 23, 2010 – Hot Docs announces the 23 Canadian titles that will screen as a part of the Canadian Spectrum program during the 2010 Festival, April 29 – May 9. A banner year for Canadian work, films in the Spectrum span a vast array of subjects, both national and international. The Canadian Spectrum features world premieres from acclaimed filmmakers Maya Gallus, John Kastner, Shelley Saywell and Academy Award-winner John Zaritsky, and will share with audiences stories of the art of waitressing, celebrity obsessed senior citizens, an anorexic boy turned competitive eater, North American honour killings, and small-town Ontario murder.

Of the 23 films in the program, 15 are feature-length and eight are shorts. Thirteen films will receive their world premiere at the Festival, one its Canadian premiere, and nine will receive their Toronto premiere. All feature-length titles in this program are eligible to win the Best Canadian Feature award.

The Canadian Spectrum program is generously supported by the Canada Media Fund.

Screening times and descriptions for the Canadian Spectrum program appear below. In many cases, filmmakers will be in attendance for post-screening discussions.

LA BELLE VISITE
D: Jean-Francois Caissy | Canada | 80 min | Toronto Premiere

A dozen seniors quietly spend their days at a converted seaside motel, sharing subtle moments of emotional resonance. Sensitive vérité and stunning cinematography create a profoundly reflective portrait of the final seasons of life.

Sunday, May 2
3:45 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Tuesday, May 4
7:00 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

THE DEVIL OPERATION
D: Stephanie Boyd | Canada, Peru | 69 min | World Premiere

Murder. Torture. Intimidation. A U.S.-owned gold mining company’s shocking actions against Peruvian eco-activists, meticulously recorded and photographed by its own spies, are vividly exposed in this tight-paced, true-life political thriller.

Screening with
WE ARE
D: Kevin Papatie | Canada | 3 min | Toronto Premiere

Friday, Apr 30
9:00 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Monday, May 3
2:00 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

DISH - WOMEN, WAITRESSING AND THE ART OF SERVICE
D: Maya Gallus | Canada | 70 min | World Premiere

From Toronto’s downtown diners to Montreal’s “sexy restos”, and from Paris’ haute eateries to Tokyo’s fantasy “maid bars”, waitresses dish the dirt, offering up an insider’s look at gender, power and the art of service.

Friday, Apr 30
9:15 p.m.
Bloor Cinema

Saturday, May 8
1:30 p.m.
Royal Cinema

GRACE, MILLY, LUCY…CHILD SOLDIERS
D: Raymonde Provencher | Canada | 71 min | World Premiere

Ugandan girls who were abducted and forced into battle for the Lord’s Resistance Army - often with babies on their backs and machine guns in their hands - now fight for peace and to save other girls from the same hell.

Wednesday, May 5
7:30 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Saturday, May 8
4:00 p.m.
Royal Cinema

HOW I FILMED THE WAR
D: Yuval Sagiv | Canada | 75 min | World Premiere

One of the most successful films ever made, the WWI-era The Battle of the Somme, is brilliantly deconstructed as this riveting experimental doc unravels its fascinating secrets and manipulations, exposing the slippery subjectivity of history.

Screening with
EVEN FLOWERS WAKE UP IN THE MORNING
D: Tara Khalili | Canada | 6 min | Canadian Premiere

Sunday, May 2
7:15 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

Saturday, May 8
9:15 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY
D: Shelley Saywell | Canada | 90 min | World Premiere

The tragic murder of Mississauga’s Aqsa Parvez is featured in this powerful and sensitive investigation into the killing of young girls in the name of family honour in North America. These young girls’ heartbreaking stories expose the patriarchal beliefs used to justify violence against women.

Screening with
NAMRATA
D: Shazia Javed | Canada | 9 min | Toronto Premiere

Saturday, May 1
7:00 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Sunday, May 9
6:45 p.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre

LAND
D: Julian Pinder | Canada | 76 min | World Premiere

Burnt-out baby-boomers, Sandinistas, and ex-lefty capitalist developers clash in a wild-west showdown over land in a bucolic Nicaraguan seaside town. The fed-up locals have a few surprises in store for the would-be imperialistas.

Screening with
BASIN
D: David Geiss | Canada | 8 min | Toronto Premiere

Sunday, May 2
9:30 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Sunday, May 9
2:00 p.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre

LADIES IN BLUE
D: Claude Demers | Canada | 87 min | Toronto Premiere

In the 1960s young women swooned over Quebec’s crooning heartthrob Michel Louvain…and they still do. With humour and candour, now-elderly fan club members display their memorabilia and idolize the singer in a young-hearted embrace of celebrity culture.

Sunday, May 2
9:15 p.m.
ROM Theatre

Monday, May 3
1:30 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

LEAVE THEM LAUGHING
D: John Zaritsky | Canada, USA | 89 min | World Premiere

Lou Gehrig’s disease may be taking the life of Carla Zilbersmith, but it’s not going to defeat the mother, performer, and darkly funny smart-ass in this hilarious pre-mortem by Academy Award-winning director John Zaritsky.

Thursday, May 6
9:15 p.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre

Saturday, May 8
3:15 p.m.
Bloor Cinema

LIFE WITH MURDER
D: John Kastner | Canada | 93 min | World Premiere

Both a gripping murder mystery and a complex psychological thriller, LIFE WITH MURDER captures the ordeal of small-town-Ontario parents who steadfastly stand by their son after he is convicted of killing his sister.

Saturday, May 1
9:45 p.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre

Sunday, May 9
3:45 p.m.
Bloor Cinema

LISTEN TO THIS
D: Juan Baquero | Canada | 76 min | World Premiere

Jasmine Jacobs is an artist - she just doesn’t know it yet. Three special kids blossom through a music program at an inner-city Toronto elementary school in this inspiring doc about what it means to be truly heard.

Screening with
INUIT HIGH KICK
D: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | Canada | 2 min | Toronto Premiere

Sunday, May 2
7:00 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Sunday, May 9
4:30 p.m.
Royal Cinema

MARK
D: Mike Hoolboom | Canada | 70 min | Toronto Premiere

Meet Mark: punk, activist, transsexual-loving humanist. Mike Hoolboom’s personal homage to his friend and collaborator lovingly captures the spirit of a soul obsessed with kindness; one who gave everything to others, and then tragically took his own life.

Screening with
A MOTH IN SPRING
D: Yu Gu | Canada, China, USA | 25 min | World Premiere

Saturday, May 1
9:45 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Sunday, May 9
9:30 p.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre

THE MIRROR
D: David Christensen | Canada, Italy | 85 min | Toronto Premiere

A touchingly whimsical modern fairytale about a mayor’s dream to defeat the dark months of winter by installing a giant mirror to reflect sunlight into his remote village in the Italian Alps.

Screening with
THE FRESHWATER PLAGUE
D: Jake Chirco | Canada |10 min | World Premiere

Monday, May 3
7:30 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Wednesday, May 5
11:00 a.m.
ROM Theatre

SMALL WONDERS
D: Tally Abecassis | Canada | 52 min | Toronto Premiere

Step inside those dusty neighbourhood shops selling odds and ends, and meet their irresistible owners who - defying all approved business models - define our urban culture even as the big box stores inch closer.

Screening with
FLAWED
D: Andrea Dorfman | Canada | 12 min | Toronto Premiere

Friday, Apr 30
9:30 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Sunday, May 2
5:00 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

THE STORY OF FURIOUS PETE
D: George Tsioutsioulas | Canada | 85 min | World Premiere

Pete was recovering from anorexia when a friend dared him to eat a super-sized breakfast. He rose to the challenge and ate four. Now, he’s a YouTube sensation as a world champion competitive eater.

Friday, Apr 30
7:30 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Sunday, May 9
1:30 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

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