IDFA TOP PRIZE WINNER AND SUNDANCE SELECTION LAST TRAIN HOME TO SCREEN AT JANUARY’S DOC SOUP
TORONTO PREMIERE OF NEW FILM FROM TEAM BEHIND UP THE YANGTZE
Toronto, December 17, 2009 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that the January installment of the Doc Soup monthly screening series will feature the Canadian film LAST TRAIN HOME (D: Lixin Fan, China/Canada) in advance of its U.S. premiere in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. A 2008 Canwest-Hot Docs Documentary Funds recipient, and winner of Best Feature-Length Documentary at this year’s IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, LAST TRAIN HOME is produced by the team behind UP THE YANGTZE and has been called “exceptional… stunningly photographed and expertly constructed” by IndieWIRE. LAST TRAIN HOME will screen on Wednesday, January 20, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West.
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as all at once, a tidal wave of humanity attempts to return home by train. It is the Chinese New Year. The wave is made up of millions of migrant factory workers. The homes they seek are the rural villages and families they left behind to find work in the booming coastal cities. It is an epic spectacle that tells us much about China, a country discarding traditional ways as it hurtles towards modernity and global economic dominance. An emotionally engaging and visually beautiful debut film from Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan, LAST TRAIN HOME draws us into the fractured lives of a single family caught up in this desperate annual migration. In classic cinema verité style, the film paints a human portrait of the dramatic changes sweeping China, following the Zhangs’ attempts to navigate through the stark and difficult choices of a society caught between old ways and new realities. Can they get ahead and still undo some of the damage that has been done to their family?
The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Single tickets for LAST TRAIN HOME are $12 and can be purchased in advance at www.hotdocs.ca 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 February 17, March 17 and April 14. 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.
Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 17th annual edition from April 29 - May 9, 2010. An outstanding selection of 170+ documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented toToronto 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 Toronto Documentary Forum, May 5 & 6, and The Doc Shop. For more information please visit www.hotdocs.ca.
V Kelly & Associates