Hot Docs is very pleasant, but oh man! They really need to try and get more screenings for their special presentations. Waiting in the rush queue for The World According to Sesame Street for hours was exciting, I’ll admit, but there were WAY more people than were ever going to get in waiting in the sun.
And people still hate the Escalade.
Currently we’re thinking that our favorite so far was An Unreasonable Man, a bit biased, we’ll admit, towards Ralph Nader, but his legacy more than affords that, we feel, in a documentary that was clear, concise and never dull. We sure liked The World According to Sesame Street, which seems to be a bit of a fan favorite, but unlike An Unreasonable Man, it just expects the viewer to already love and appreciate ir’s subject (in the case of Sesame Street, an easy thing) rather than expend any effort on selling it to you. The scenes of their struggle to get on the air in Bangladesh, however, were fascinating.
There are still two days of films left though, true believers!
Saturday 5th May
An Evening with Werner Herzog (6:30pm, Bader) – Held in conjunction with Cinematheque Ontario, we hear talk that tickets for this are trading hands for hundreds of dollars already. Still might be worth an attempt at rush if you’re willing to camp out for most of the day, and you’re sure you can handle the awesomeness of Herzog’s accent.
Sunday 7th May
Last day, so here are a few we forgot to mention –
Fatherland (2:30pm ROM) – Filmmaker Manfred Becker returns to Germany to confront his father, who served in Hitler’s army. A complex piece which may of interest to those who saw Dear Pyongyang.
The Ants (9:30pm, Innis) – Or, even, who are planning to go and see this, in which a Japanese veteran of the war in China attempts to confront his own past.