Mexican cinema at Hot Docs, Toronto
Hot Doc, which takes place in Toronto, is the largest film festival in Canada, it includes conferences, commercial exchange and the exhibition of documentary films. This year, the festival celebrates its twentieth anniversary from April 25 to May 5 and four Mexican Films are part of its program.
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival was created in 1993 by the national association of independent documentary filmmakers, called the Documentary Organization of Canada, which began as a small space to present quality documentary films which had no commercial distribution. With time, Hot Docs has become one of the most important festivals worldwide for the exhibition and distribution of documentaries. With the purpose of showcasing the work of international and Canadian filmmakers, the festival exhibits more than 170 films from around the world. Besides the competition, Hot Docs includes a marketplace which serves as a meeting point for film programmers, directors, buyers and distributors.
The Mexican documentary La revolución de los alcatraces by Luciana Kaplan (Special Mention to a Documentary Directed by a Woman at FICM 2012) is included in the World Showcase of Hot Docs, and it will be screened on May 1, 2 and 3. In this same section, El paciente interno (FICM 2012 Official Selection) by Alejandro Solar will be screened on April 29 and 30. Both documentaries are now in competition to win the Best Documentary Feature Film of the Ariel Awards 2013 (the Mexican Academy Awards).
Another film which was part of FICM 2012’s Official Selection, Estela by Bruno Varela, will be screened on April 27 and 29 and on May 5. Finally, there will be a special screening of the co-production between Mexico and Great Britain Who Is Dayani Cristal?, directed by Marc Silver and produced by Gael García Bernal.