The Canadian International Documentary Festival Hot Docs has awarded best international feature film to Danish filmmaker Christian Einshøj’s MountainsPortrait of a Scandinavian family struck by a tragedy.
Einshøj also won the award for best emerging international filmmaker at the Toronto film festival, which presented the top jury awards on Saturday. Hot Docs opens its 30th edition with another Danish film, twice colonizedLin Alluna’s film follows the Greenlandic lawyer Inuit and the protector of her ancestral lands, Aaju Peter, after her world premiere at Sundance.
The Canadian Documentary Film Festival also presented the special jury award for best international film to director Edward Lovelace. Name me Lawand, tells the story of a deaf Kurdish boy who happily learns communication skills at a UK school after a perilous journey from Iraq, only to then face deportation from his new home. mine.
Other winners include director Denys Desjardins’ best Canadian documentary award. i lost my mom. The award for best documentary short went to Iranian director Milad Khosravi Mrs. Iran’s husbandan exploration of family and work in Iran.
There is also an honorable mention for Micah Levin’s Dear Anh, about an aspiring musician’s haunting creative correspondence with musical icon Ani DiFranco.
The best average documentary award goes to Being in one place – Portrait of Margaret Taitdirected by Luke Fowler, and the special jury award for best Canadian documentary was chosen by Cait Blues, Directed by Justine Harbonnier.
In total, 214 films from 72 countries will be shown at Hot Docs in Toronto from April 27 to May 7.