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Christian Einchoj Mountains Among the Winners – The Hollywood Reporter


The Canadian International Documentary Film Festival Hot Docs has awarded Best International Feature Film to Danish director Christian Einshoeg mountainsa portrait of a Scandinavian family experiencing tragedy.

Einshøj also won Best Emerging International Filmmaker at the Toronto Film Festival, which handed out the Grand Jury Awards on Saturday. Hot Docs opened its 30th edition with another Danish film, twice a colonyLin Alluna’s film about a Greenlandic Inuit lawyer and protector of her ancestral lands, Aaju Peter, after its world premiere at Sundance.

The Canadian Documentary Film Festival also awarded the Special Jury Prize for Best International Film to director Edward Lovelace name is lee lawand, which follows a young deaf Kurdish boy who joyfully learns communication skills at a British school after a treacherous journey from Iraq, only to later face deportation from his new home.

Other winners include Best Canadian Feature Documentary, which went to director Denis Desjardins. I lost my mom. The award for best short film was won by Iranian director Milad Khosravi Mrs. Husband IranExploring family and work in Iran.

There was also an honorable mention for Micah Levine Dear Ani, About an aspiring songwriter’s obsessive, creative correspondence with music icon Ani DiFranco.

The award for Best Medium Length Document went to Being in Place – Portrait of Margaret Taitdirected by Luke Fowler, won the Special Jury Prize for Best Canadian Feature Documentary kitty blues, From director Justin Harbonnier.

In all, 214 films from 72 countries will be shown at Hot Docs in Toronto from April 27 to May 7.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.