Toronto's documentary film festival Hot Docs will pay tribute to Canadian filmmaker John Zaritsky in its 21st annual Focus On retrospective. This year's festival will be held from April 24 to May 4, and the full Zaritsky program will be announced in March.
With an international, wide-reaching career that spans almost 40 years, Zaritsky's films have received numerous awards and reached the screens of important international film festivals, including Sundance, VIFF, IDFA, SXSW, and TIFF. Among his most celebrated films are "College Days, College Nights" (2004); "Broken Promises" (1989), and "Leave Them Laughing" (2010).
Charlotte Cook, Director of Programming at Zoc Docs, praised Zaritsky, saying, "John is an iconic Canadian filmmaker whose career spans more than thirty years and his work is broad and rich. We are thrilled to be able to honor him at this year's festival."
Collaborating with the Toronto Public Library, the festival will screen Zaritsky's "Romeo and Juliet in Saravejo" (1994) as part of the Keep Toronto Reading Festival's annual One Book program.
For more information on the In Focus retrospective and rest of the festival programming, visit the Hot Docs Website.