Friday, April 22, 2011

Award-winning Documentary Vodka Factory at Toronto's Hot Docs

Vodka Factory on Hot Docs: Canadian International Documentary Festival co-presented with KinoArt Festival, Toronto 2011Poster: Vodka Factory by Jerzy Sladkowski, Hysteria Film AB, Sweden, 2010
A co-presentation of KinoArt Festival and Hot Docs
Canadian International Documentary Festival, 28 Apr - 8 May 2011, Toronto
Photography by Wojciech Staron

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Please mark your calendar for the next two weeks: April 28 - May 8, 2011. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America's largest documentary festival, conference, and market, presenting over 200 films from more than 43 countries and welcoming hundreds of international filmmakers and industry delegates to Toronto for its 18th annual edition from April 28 to May 8, 2011.

This year the Hot Docs teams up with local festivals and organizations to present select screenings of award-winners from film festivals around the globe. One of those high profile special presentations include a Swedish documentary Vodka Factory, which won the grand prize - the Golden Dove Award at the DOK Leipzig festival and Grand Jury Special Mention at the One World Documentary Film Festival.

Special Presentations: The North American Premiere

Vodka Factory

Director: Jerzy Sladkowski
Produced by: Hysteria Film AB
Sweden, 2010, 90 min
Language: Russian with English subtitles

Fantasies of big-city stardom cushion a single mother labouring on an assembly line from the brutal banalities of life in Russia’s backwoods in this award-winning, intimately filmed story of the high price of dreams.

Director's Biography
Jerzy Sladkowski, born in Poland, studied film and TV at the School of Journalism in Warsaw and worked for TVP in Poland before immigrating to Sweden in 1982. He has produced and directed over 40 films, mostly documentaries for television.

Wed, May 4 6:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Thu, May 5 11:00 AM
The ROM Theatre

Sun, May 8 6:15 PM
Innis Town Hall
“I’m a silly person, but sensitive too,” declares Valya, the 22-year-old single mother who works in a local vodka factory and lives with her mother in the backwoods Russian town of Zhigulyovsk. There’s no future here: there’s nothing to do but drink and all the men are deadbeats. Ambivalent about caring for her son, the comely, heavily mascaraed Valya escapes the brutal banality of her reality by dreaming of becoming an actress in Moscow. But in realizing her dream, she would not only be abandoning her son, she’d be destroying her mother’s: Fifty-year-old Tatiana finally has a chance at love when an old flame re-enters her life. Filmed like fiction and imbued with the gorgeous melancholy of crushed dreams, award-winning Vodka Factory is a stunningly intimate reflection on the price of dreams.

Gisèle Gordon

Subjects : Women & Women's Issues, Families & Family Relationships, Labour & Working People, Russian Culture & Issues

Co-presented with KinoArt Festival.

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Hot Docs 2011 Trailers: VODKA FACTORY
4 min - 15 Mar 2011 - Uploaded by HotDocsFest

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Please mark your calendar and get ready for the best showcase of documentary films in Toronto this year!

Note: Free tickets for all screenings before 6 p.m. are available for seniors (60+) and students with valid photo I.D. at the venue box offices on the day of the screening (subject to availability).

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Vodka has definitely made it's impact on culture. It seems like every college musician has at least one song on the subject. There are both rock groups and songs named "Vodka" while searches online for "Vodka Factory" turn up an award winning documentary as well as a very popular viral video of a forklift driver going nuts and taking down an entire factory with the forklift (possibly under the influence of said vodka). ...
By Jerry G2 "Водочный завод"
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olga said...

I found this interesting and thought i'd share it here:

Doc Talks: Docs - Modifying Minds?

Wed, May 4 5:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
Free Tickets

Doc Talks
is a new special series of hour-long conversations aimed at bringing you access to seminal filmmakers and key subjects.

Admission is free.

Are docs transforming the WAY we SEE our world? Constant access to information can lead us to think we know the whole story. The filmmakers on this panel go deeper than the headlines and news reports. Prepare to be surprised by stories you’ve never heard, and transformed by the ones you thought you knew.

Charles Officer (Director, Mighty Jerome)
Susan Saladoff (Director, Hot Coffee)
Anthony Baxter (Director, You’ve Been Trumped )

Presenting Partner: National Film Board of Canada
In Collaboration with: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

olga said... @sipgroup
The Arts Junction: Jerzy Sladkowski with his award-winning documentary "Vodka Factory" is coming to #Toronto 's #HotDocs
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olga said...

Our Congratulations to all winners of Hot Docs 2011!

Best Canadian Feature
FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE (D: Julia Ivanova; P: Boris Ivanov, Mike Jackson)
Sponsored by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Documentary Organization of Canada, the award includes a $15,000 prize courtesy of the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.

Best International Feature
DRAGONSLAYER (D: Tristan Patterson; P: John Baker, EP: Christine Vachon)
Sponsored by A&E, the award includes a $10,000 prize courtesy of Hot Docs.

People’s Choice Award
The winner is SOMEWHERE BETWEEN (D: Linda Goldstein Knowlton, USA), which follows four remarkable Chinese-born adoptees as they come of age between two cultures.

Details + Other Awards:
Hot Docs 2011 Award Winners Announced