Press 20 MAR 2019

Several docs at Hot Docs 2019

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival revealed Tuesday, March 19th, the official program of its 26th edition. Among all the selected films, 5 Belgian French-speaking films.

Presented in the “Artscapes” section and directed by Elodie Lelu, Letter to Theo tells a return to a Greece undermined by the crisis. The story is about the filmmaker Théo Angelopoulos, who died on January 24th, 2012, knocked down by a motorbike on the set of his final film. Elodie Lelu explains : “He was surrounded by his team, of which I was a member.

In this unfinished film, he was telling the destinies of the victims of the Greek crisis. Ironically, the ambulance supposed to come to his rescue broke down because budgetary restrictions had made it impossible to maintain the vehicle. The crisis itself killed Théo.

In a letter addressed to him in the form of a film, I return to Greece. The list of victims of the crisis has only grown longer, this destitution echoing another that Théo had sensed was coming: that of the massive arrival of refugees who find themselves trapped in Greece by the closure of the borders.
Yet citizen resistance is being organized and fights every day to bring those in danger of obliteration out of the shadows.”
 
Produced by Iota Production, this documentary is in co-production with Wallonie Image Production. With the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of Wallonia Brussels Federation, Media Development and Shelter prod., Taxshelter.be.
 
Second documentary presented in the “Artscapes” section and produced by Iota Production, Backstage Action by Sanaz Azari. An extra is this figure without a role, a name or a voice, walking through the set in order to make the scenes 'look real'. They are as many archetypes, subdividing the people into multiple communities. But who is actually hiding behind those labels, which human beings, what fraction of humanity, which people?
 
The film is in co-production with BeTV, the Centre Bruxellois de l’Audiovisuel (CBA) and Casa Kafka. It has received the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of Wallonia Brussels Federation and screen.brussels.
 
Screened as a world premiere, Red Moon, directed by Tulin Ozdemir and produced by Cobra Films, will be presented in the "Persister" section. In the wild and vast landscape of Anatolia , my auntie Tuncay is only nine years old when she is violently and abruptaly taken out of the fairy tale of her childhood ! In trying to avoid to her own child the sufferances of her path of life, and in search of a brighter future for her daughter, my mother , who works and live in Belgium, take the decision take to her, her little sister, in order to help for the upbringing of us, the children of the family ! Nevertheless,everything exploded anyhow, an arranged wedding propulses My Aunt Tuncay,at a very young age, into the maze of life ! Pregnant at the far too young age, she never had the time to think about her own feelings and journey of life , as a person , as a woman she has been thrown into couple life ,like so many other woman around the globe, at once , without having the chance "to think of it all" reality has been much to violent towards her dreams and true need and want ! A scenario that so many of us ,Turkish girls, will know by heart, at our expense !
 
Produced by Cobra Films In coproduction with the Centre de l’Audiovisuel Bruxellois, Red Moon has been supported by Wallonia Brussels Federation, RTBF (Belgian Radio-Television) and Taxshelter.be.
 
Behind The Shutters, directed by Messaline Raverdy and produced by l’Atelier Molloy, will be presented in the “World Showcase” section. In coproduction with the Centre de l’Audiovisuel Bruxellois, this film has been supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of Wallonia Brussels Federation.
 
Synopsis : Starting with an empty factory, a family name and a trunk of archives, the poetic stroll of an apprentice film-maker who moves in her grandmother's house when expecting her first child. This was me five years ago. A reverie about oblivion and the invisible, woven of scattered materials, archival documents and language games, for a film-book wondering about the transformation of the female body, the question of an impossible transmission and the fabric of time.
 
Last Belgian French-speaking documentary screened during this 26th edition of Hot Docs Festival, Suspension d’audience by Nina Marissaux. Her film presents five civils who get to know each other at a criminal trial. During recess, they discuss and share their reactions towards the situation.
 
Produced by Les APACH, this film has been supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of Wallonia Brussels Federation and SABAM. In association with the Haute Ecole Libre of Brussels - Cinema.
 
Created in 1993 in Toronto, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is one of the North America’s largest documentary festival. It offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000. The 2019 Hot Docs Festival will run April 25 to May 5, 2019.