Canadian festival Hot Docs is to honor Chilean documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán (pictured) with its 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award, while filmmaker Carole Laganière will receive this year’s Focus On retrospective.
Hot Docs will screen a retrospective of Guzmán’s films – which include Nostalgia for the Light, The Battle of Chile, In God’s Name and The Pinochet Case – during the 22nd annual festival, which runs from April 23-May 3.
“It’s an honor to be able to celebrate the incredible body of work of Patricio Guzmán, a filmmaker who expertly combines powerful political messages and highly beautiful craft,” said Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming him to the festival and showcasing his outstanding films.”
Laganière, meanwhile, will be honored with the Focus On retrospective, which showcases the work of a mid-career Canadian filmmaker.
Her films include The Fiancée of Life, The Moon and the Violin, East End Forever and Absences. “Laganière is an incredible Canadian filmmaker whose illustrious body of work blends beauty, sensitivity and highly compelling storytelling,” Cook added.
The exact films screening in both retrospectives will be announced in March.
The previous Outstanding Achievement Award recipients have been Adam Curtis (2014), Les Blank (2013), Michel Brault (2012), Terence Macartney-Filgate (2011), Kim Longinotto (2010), Alanis Obomsawin (2009), Richard Leacock (2008), Heddy Honigmann (2007), Werner Herzog (2006), Errol Morris (2005), Michael Maclear (2004), Nick Broomfield (2003), Frederick Wiseman (2002), D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (2000) and Albert Maysles (1999).
Meanwhile, the past Focus On honorees were John Zaritsky (2014), Peter Mettler (2013), John Kastner (2012), Alan Zweig (2011), Tahani Rached (2010), Ron Mann (2009), Jennifer Baichwal (2008), Kevin McMahon (2007), Serge Giguère (2006), Larry Weinstein (2005), Nettie Wild (2004), Shelley Saywell (2003) and Zacharias Kunuk (2002).