6 April 2017
The program for the 2017 edition of the Festival includes Polish productions. Four of them will be shown in the “Shorts” category such as "Close Ties" by Zofia Kowalewska, "Goran the camel man" by Marcin Lesisz, Volte by Monika Kotecka and Karolina Poryzała and UrbanCowboys by Paweł Ziemilski. The Polish films will also be displayed at the World Showcase section, where Communion by Anna Zamecka will be shown. In the Night vision category we will see Photon by Norman Leto.
The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival was initiated in 1993, it’s already 23rd edition. Each year, the festival screens more than 170 documentaries from all around the world. Along with the Canadian and international competitive programs, the festival features The DocShop, an international documentary market, and the Hot Docs Forum.
"Close Ties" by Zofia Kowalewska
Barbara and Zdzislaw are soon to celebrate their forty-fifth anniversary. It would have been quite the occasion if not for the fact that Zdzisław spent eight of those years living with another woman. Now he's back with his wife, although she claims that if it were not for her husband's infirm legs, he would still be chasing skirts around Cracow. In spite of everyday bickering, somewhat inexplicably, their relationship perserveres.
"Goran the Camel Man" by Marcin Lesisz
A short document presenting an excerpt from the ordinary life of a wanderer. Goran is Swiss, who travels to his gypsy wagon with his dogs, goats and camel recreating the Silk Road. His lifelong dream was consistently between 27 years of age, traversing Mongolia, Iran, Turkey, Italy, France etc. The film was made in Georgia shows a fragment of his unusual lifestyle.
"Volte" by Monika Kotecka, Karolina Poryzała
Zuzia -12, has been training vaulting for two years and has extraordinary role topping the acrobatic pyramid. She is “flyer” lifted by the stronger and more experienced vaulters-“base”. Another intensive season begins. During training sessions it becomes apparent that the girl has lost some of her grace and lightnes. At first the coach blames the “base” but they admit that Zuzia is to big to lift her. It became clear that she is “just growing” and her role is given over to a younger girl.
"Urban Cowboys" by Paweł Ziemilski
Clondalkin is a notorious district in West Dublin inhabited by labourers’ families. Many are now on the dole as a result of the crisis. The neighbourhood seems decent: renovated houses, cars parked in front of most of them. Every Dubliner knows, however, that the district is seamy, dangerous and full of drugs. Clondalkin still preserves the cultural phenomenon of so-called urban cowboys – teenagers illegally keeping wild horses. In spite of the ban, cowboys spend all days riding their horses bareback. Dylan is a good-looking 14-year-old Dubliner with blond hair and blue eyes. A day before his mother died in May, she gave him money to buy his first horse. In spite of the tragedy, Dylan soon bought a little white mare he had dreamt of, and called her Shelly, after his mother. Dylan’s grandparents, who raise him, try to maintain discipline. They’d love to get rid of the horse but they realize just how much the animal means to the boy.
"Communion" by Anna Zamecka
When adults are ineffectual, children have to grow up quickly. Ola is 14 and she takes care of her dysfunctional father, autistic brother and a mother who lives separately; but most of all she tries to reunite the family. She lives in the hope of bringing her mother back home. Her 13 year old brother Nikodem’s Holy Communion is a pretext for the family to meet up. Ola is entirely responsible for preparing the perfect family celebration.
"Communion" reveals the beauty of the rejected, the strength of the weak and the need for change when change seems impossible. This crash course in growing up teaches us that no failure is final. Especially when love is in question.
"Photon" by Norman Leto
Prepare yourself for a sensory overload of epic proportions. Nothing less than the history of the universe, the formation of the stars and planets, the origins of matter, and the daunting post-human future that lies ahead are explored in this mind-bending experience. Photon is an ultra-ambitious summation of human knowledge that combines stunning phantasmagoric visuals and a dense but engaging, even dryly humorous, voiceover in what you might call an experimental science lesson—a crash course in, well, everything. How did we come to be? How are we as we are? The biggest questions are asked, and answered, with inventiveness and aplomb. Photon even delves into the biological foundations of human behaviours such as violence and alcoholism. Dazzling animation visualizes that which we could otherwise not see, ingeniously illustrating details of quantum physics. It’s a strong dose of eye and brain candy in equal measure.