HOT DOCS 2021 LINEUP INCLUDES FILMS FROM YUNG CHANG, JENNIFER HOLNESS AND THEO ANTHONY

Going virtual for a second year, the festival of Canadian and international documentary cinema rolls out 15 titles screening as Special Presentations

Yung Chang's Wuhan Wuhan will world premiere at Hot Docs 2021. (Samuel Engelking)

It’s about to get real again: Hot Docs has announced the first titles of its 2021 festival.

The festival of Canadian and international documentary cinema, which opens April 29, will be sticking to streaming for a second year, using the Hot Docs At Home platform launched last spring when the fest reconfigured itself as an online event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To tease a more comprehensive announcement later this month, Hot Docs announced 15 titles set to screen in this year’s Special Presentations program.

World premieres include Israeli filmmaker Daniel Sivan’s Dirty Tricks, a true-crime story set in the world of competitive bridge; American filmmaker Sol Guy’s The Death Of My Two Fathers, a generational study built on videotapes recorded by his dying father; Dutch filmmaker Willemiek Kluijfhout’s The Taste Of Desire, “a poetic trip around the world” telling the stories of people whose lives have been touched by oysters, and Wuhan Wuhan, Canadian filmmaker (and past NOW cover star) Yung Chang’s look at the COVID-19 lockdown in China.

Toronto producer/director Jennifer Holness’s latest documentary, Subjects Of Desire – which explores the intersection of race and cultural standards of beauty – will have its first Canadian screening at Hot Docs just weeks after its world premiere at SXSW.

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