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"The Call" at Hot Docs - Canadian International Documentary Festival 2018



The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in collaboration with Hot Docs and the Italian Trade Commission, is pleased to present The Call by Enrico Maisto.

The Call (La convocazione)

Enrico Maisto | 57 Minutes | 2017 | Italy | Italian | Full Subtitles | North American Premiere | Rating: PG

Sun, Apr 29 7:45 PM TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Mon, Apr 30 12:15 PM TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

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In Italy, you can be randomly selected by a computer and summoned at a day's notice for potential jury duty—including for major criminal cases. No wonder the 60 common citizens who cram inside the Milan Court of Assizes on a morning they should have been going to work look rather concerned and confused: they'll be stuck there until each of them has been interviewed and six jurors are chosen. The judge's assertion they need not worry about the Mafia does nothing to reassure them. With a Wiseman-esque, fly-on-the-wall look at this most noble of democratic institutions, and skilful close-ups that humorously capture the facial expressions of those waiting, Enrico Maisto creates a cacophonous chorus from their questions, comments, complaints and theories. Curious or exasperated, biased or apprehensive, these Italians brought together on the benches of justice offer a fascinating commentary on a little-known civic duty.


Other Italian documentaries at the Hot Doc’s Festival:

Happy Winter

Giovanni Totaro | 91 Minutes | 2017 | Italy | Italian | Full Subtitles | North American Premiere |

Mon, Apr 30 5:30 PM TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Wed, May 2 12:00 PM Scotiabank Theatre 3

Fri, May 4 6:15 PM Revue Cinema

Every sizzling Sicilian summer, hundreds of vacation huts go up on Mondello Beach, welcoming throngs of fun seekers to escape their everyday lives for the season—which, thanks to Europe's economic crisis, is perhaps more necessary this year than ever. Filmmaker Giovanni Totaro sets up camp amid the oil-slicked and Speedo-clad, observing beachgoers from cabana setup to Ferragosto, the end-of-summer public holiday. Cameras capture sun-filled small talk. Slowly, anxieties begin to surface. One family would rather go into debt sunbathing just to keep up appearances, while an enterprising political candidate makes his rounds of the loungers selling an anti-immigrant agenda. Three women return each year and rehearse their act for the final party, and a barman tries to sell every soda he can before the summer ends. Whether it's fun in the sun or heads buried in the sand, this luminously shot idyll offers up a sly and stylish social critique.

The Strange Sound of Happiness (Lo Strano Suono Della Felicità)

Diego Pascal Panarello | 90 min | 2017 | Italy Germany | Italian Russian Sakha English | Partial Subtitles | North American Premiere |

Mon, Apr 30 5:30 PM Scotiabank Theatre 7

Wed, May 2 3:00 PM TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

How does a loveable Sicilian loser end up learning to play an ancient pocket-sized harp from a mythical master in the frozen Siberian wilds? Fantastically imaginative and delightfully self-effacing, filmmaker Diego Pascal Panarello crafts an endearing look at his own quasi-magical mid-life crisis. After getting dumped by his girlfriend, the out-of-work musician heads back home to mom and dad in Sicily, looking for a sign of what to do with his life. A fateful dream leads him to a marranzano, the tiny centuries-old instrument whose enchanting sound resonates around him, ringing out from the buzz of cicadas and his electric razor. Transported, he literally follows its siren call to Siberia and studies under its legendary master, learning not only how to play but how to be happy again. Irreverent, comical and pulsing with musical energy, this quirky tale of self-discovery shows how a universal sound can bring a young man's imagination back to life.


Hot Docs 25th edition of the International Documentary Festival.

The festival will screen 246 films with 50 per cent of the program comprising work by female filmmakers and 16 interdisciplinary projects — spread out across 14 programs — from more than 50 countries worldwide.

The complete lineup can be found on the Hot Docs website.

Special guests set to attend the festival include rapper and activist M.I.A.,Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian, and filmmakers Alanis Obomsawin, Morgan Neville, Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker.

Opening night will feature the world premiere of The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, Maya Gallus' peek into the kitchens of the world's top female chefs.

As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations, organizers will also hold a number of special presentations, including a free, IMAX world premiere screening of the public transit documentary The Trolley at the Ontario Place Cinesphere.

Festival runs April 26-May 6 in Toronto

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Date: Da Sunday, April 29, 2018 a Monday, April 30, 2018

Entrance : With fee


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