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HOT DOCS 2019

Le programme Changing Face of Europe de l'EFP emmène dix films à Hot Docs

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- Pour la deuxième fois, European Film Promotion va présenter un programme de documentaires européens exceptionnels à l'événement organisé à Toronto

Le programme Changing Face of Europe de l'EFP emmène dix films à Hot Docs
Lord of the Toys de Pablo Ben Yakov

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On Monday, European Film Promotion (EFP) announced the European documentary films that will be presented at Hot Docs in Toronto (25 April-5 May) within the programme entitled The Changing Face of Europe.

The selection, curated to reflect on the social, cultural and economic changes affecting Europe today, from personal and cultural identity, through women's religious and sexual rights, to new life concepts, includes ten feature-length documentaries. Four of these will be having their international premieres and one will celebrate its North American premiere at Hot Docs. They were selected by the festival from amongst submissions made by European film promotion institutes that are EFP member organisations (the Danish Film Institute, the Estonian Film InstituteGerman Films, the Hungarian National Film Fund, the National Film Centre of Latvia, the Lithuanian Film Centre, the Slovenian Film Center, the Swedish Film Institute and Swiss Films). The selection underlines the exceptional diversity and excellence of European documentaries and also spotlights the increasing presence of works by women – eight of the ten films are by female directors.

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Five of the movies look at different aspects of youth culture in Europe: Lord of the Toys by German first-time director Pablo Ben YakovEasy Lessons [+lire aussi :
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by Hungarian filmmaker Dorottya ZurbóInga Can Hear by Latvia's Kaspars GobaHow Much Do You Love Yourself? [+lire aussi :
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 by Slovenian first-timer Nina Blažin and the Swedish-British co-production Scheme Birds, the feature debut by Ellinor Hallin and Ellen Fiske.

Two of the films centre on female empowerment: The Reformist [+lire aussi :
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, the first feature-length effort by Denmark's Marie Skovgaard, and Barbara Miller's #Female Pleasure [+lire aussi :
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 (Switzerland/Germany).

Two movies focus on young people trying to start a better life: To Share or Not to Share by Estonian visual artist Minna Hint and her co-director Meelis Muhu, and Seahorse [+lire aussi :
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by award-winning British director Jeanie Finlay.

Finally, Lithuanian filmmaker Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė’s environmental film Acid Forest [+lire aussi :
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, winner of Best First Feature at the Locarno Film Festival, wraps up the selection.

All of the filmmakers will be on hand to present their films and take part in post-screening discussions with the very well-versed Hot Docs audience. In addition, they will participate in industry events, including workshops, pitches, and meetings with festival programmers and acquisition executives, thus expanding their professional network on an international scale and supporting their films’ access to North American and other international markets. This year, the programme has been broadened to include a panel discussion, presented by EFP and Hot Docs, on Euro-Canadian co-production, providing a range of practical advice from seasoned producers.

Since 2017, EFP has also granted Film Sales Support (FSS) to European world sales companies so that they can promote and market films selected for Hot Docs. This year, two companies have seized the opportunity: German outfit Deckert Distribution will give a further push to the promotion of I Had a Dream [+lire aussi :
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by Claudia Tosi, and Austria’s Filmdelights will do likewise for Una Primavera [+lire aussi :
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by Valentina Primavera, both screening in the “Made in Italy” section of the festival. 

This EFP initiative is supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe – MEDIA programme and the participating EFP member organisations.

(Traduit de l'anglais)

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