So far on Torontoist we have mentioned Torontonian heavy metal band Anvil precisely this number of times: zero. Now, we’re sure we were going to get around to mentioning them one of these days, but to be honest, we didn’t expect we’d be referring to them when talking about Hot Docs, which announced its complete festival program today.
Opening the festival on April 17th, Anvil! The Story of Anvil is the tale of the “demi-gods of Canadian metal” now in their 50s, as they set off on a calamitous European tour and prepare to record a new album. Strangely, it’s directed by Sacha Gervasi, who wrote The Terminal, of all things.
We’ve had some excellent luck with heavy metal documentaries (who can forget Heavy Metal in Baghdad?) and even though, on the basis of their MySpace, Anvil aren’t exactly our cup of tea, we’re definitely going to check it out when we can.
Including Anvil! The Story of Anvil, 173 films have been selected to screen at the festival between the 17th and the 27th. The Canadian opening film is Air India 182, an exploration of the facts around the deadliest terror attack in Canadian history.
Hot Docs is to also present six titles each in its Spotlight on Iran and Made in Mexico programmes, and announced two new themed programmes, Next, which looks at artists and the artistic process, and Make Me a Believer, looking at the “earnest, offbeat and sometimes unsettling” ways people pursue and practice their faith.
The festival also features two retrospective programmes, Focus on Jennifer Baichwal and the Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective Honouring Richard Leacock. For full details on all the films and programmes, check out the Hot Docs website.