ANA & ARTHUR OFFICIAL SELECTION AT VANCOUVER'S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (142,425 and 360 respectively in 2008) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. Films are screened from over 70 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes, in addition to many undiscovered gems, the pick of the world’s top film fests. Three main programming platforms make the festival unique: screening the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region, and one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world. Attracting a large, attentive and enthusiastic audience of film lovers, the festival remains accessible, friendly and culturally diverse. As the critics say, VIFF is very much a festival “designed for the benefit of people who love films and people who make them.”
Hot Docs 2009 Reviews: 3 Stars
SPOILER: There is no sex in this film. Or any Jerry Springer-style melodrama. Yes, this film documents the seven-year romance between a 70-year-old doctor named Ana and her 35-year-old protégé Arthur. But the harps are no longer playing by the time we meet them. Instead, this is a quiet portrait of the dissolution of love. Arthur has given up medicine for farming – the pair run a retreat for patients with chronic diseases – and has swapped his mentor for another woman. Being dumped is no easier in your silver years. The pain here is real and raw. “He's the first human being to which I have revealed myself,” says Ana, her voice quavering.
16 YR. OLD HOT DOCS WILL FEATURE 171 MOVIES FROM 39 COUNTRIES
For the first time in its 16 years, a Canadian film will open North America's most important documentary festival. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival returns with 171 movies from 39 countries for its April 30 to May 10 run in Toronto. The opener is the world premiere of Jennifer Baichwal’s highly anticipated Act of God, a film about the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning. Full Article»
ANA & ARTHUR OFFICIAL SELECTION AT TORONTO'S HOT DOCS
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line up for the upcoming 16th edition, April 30-May 10, at a press conference this morning. From a record 1948 film submissions, this year's slate will present 171 titles from 39 countries in 10 screening programs.

“These are wild times,” noted Sean Farnel, Hot Docs’ director of programming, “but as a reflection of the present, documentary continues to be a vibrant storytelling form, helping us to make sense of the world, even as it enlightens, entertains and empowers our audience.”

In the competitive Canadian Spectrum program, 10 feature-length films will be receiving their world premieres, including: Philip Lyall and Nimisha Mukerji’s 65_REDROSES, about the online friendship of three young women awaiting lung transplants; Larry Young’s ANA AND ARTHUR, which offers a devastating portrait of the end of a marriage between a dynamic 70-year-old doctor and her 35-year-old husband; Rosie Dransfeld’s BROKE., a vérité look at an Edmonton pawnshop and its down-on-their-luck customers; Barry Greenwald and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s THE EXPERIMENTAL ESKIMOS, the story of a dubious government experiment which removed three Inuit boys from their families and culture; Srinivas Krishna’s GANESH: BOY WONDER, which follows the international media story of a poor Indian family and its son’s facial deformity; Alan Zweig’s A HARD NAME, which reveals the toll that decades in and out of prison take on the human spirit; Hubert Davis’ INVISIBLE CITY, which follows the lives of two black teenagers from Regent Park as they come of age; Albert Nerenberg’s LAUGHOLOGY, an epic quest to discover laughter’s source and meaning; Alison Rose’s LOVE AT THE STARLITE MOTEL, a peek into the murky shadows of Miami’s busiest motel; and Sarah Goodman’s WHEN WE WERE BOYS, a fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the privileged lives of students at a private boys’ school. Full Release»
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