Denmark in focus at Hot Docs

FESTIVAL. North America's largest documentary film festival, Hot Docs in Toronto, highlights Danish documentaries in this years' edition of "Made in ..."

Kafkaesque police surveillance of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, diplomatic talks between Serbia and Kosovo, three children trying to find their footing, life on an Indian reservation – these are but a few of the stories for the audience, trade and press to experience from 24 April when the Toronto Hot Docs showcases Danish films in the "Made in" series, a recurring programme exploring regional cinemas from around the world.

"Denmark has been at the forefront of high-quality documentary filmmaking, consistently pushing the boundaries of the art form and elevating the calibre of style, substance and approach," says Hot Docs' director of programming Charlotte Cook. "Danish films have always been huge audience favourites at the Festival, and so it's wonderful to have the opportunity to highlight and celebrate them this year."

Doc Mogul Award to Mette Hoffmann Meyer

Also, Mette Hoffmann Meyer of the Danish broadcaster DR will be receiving the annual Doc Mogul Award at a special awards luncheon. Mette Hoffmann Meyer who is documentary film commissioner at DR has helped finance films such as the Oscar-winning "Taxi to the Dark Side", "Please Vote for Me", "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" and the Sundance winner "The Red Chapel". Hoffmann Meyer was also one of the driving forces behind "Why Democracy?" in 2008 and "Why Poverty?" in 2012, both worldwide broadcast events reaching audiences worldwide.

The Danish filmmakers will be present during the festival and will be the centre of a celebration, organised by the Danish Film Institute and the national broadcasters DR and TV 2.

Made in Denmark / films

Ai Weiwei The Fake Case
Dir. Andreas Johnsen
A close-up on Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei during his house arrest when it is forbidden for him to speak with the foreign press.

The Agreement
Dir. Karen Stokkendal Poulsen
History recorded on film as EU chief negotiator Robert Cooper tries to end the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo.

Pine Ridge
Dir. Anne Eborn
A look at the life of a group of young people on one of the poorest Indian reservations in the US – also home to the historical site of Wounded Knee.

Beach Boy
Dir. Emil Langballe
Following Juma from Kenya who dreams of a better life abroad. When he meets a British woman, Europe suddenly gets closer. Graduation film, National Film and Television School (UK).

A Different Kind of Boy
Dir. Ulrik Wivel
About Alexander, eighteen and autistic, who is about to leave home.

Four Letters Apart – Children in the Age of ADHD
Dir. Erlend E. Mo
An intimate portrayal of Victor, Martine and Marino, three children with behavioural problems in a special-ed class at a Danish school.

How I Live, As You Wanted To Know 
Dir. Christian Einshøj
The director's grandfather makes a video of his home and talks about his life, one year after losing his wife.

Songs for Alexis
Dir. Elvira Lind
Depicting two passionate teenagers stuck in suburbia, navigating their love story and its place in the world.

Redux / retrospective series 

The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun (2006)
Dir. Pernille Rose Grønkjær
The story about the 82-year-old bachelor Mr. Vig and the young Russian nun Sister Amvrosija is a classic in Danish documentary filmmaking.

"Made in Denmark" is supported by the Danish Film Institute.

Hot Docs 24 April – 4 May 2014