TORONTO – Quebec filmmaker Michel Brault is set to receive the outstanding achievement award at this year’s Hot Docs film festival.
The fest, which runs April 26 to May 6, plans to screen a retrospective highlighting Brault’s achievements as a director and cinematographer.
Brault is known for “direct cinema” — a style that had its origins in Quebec documentaries of the late 1950s and ’60s. Known for his use of hand-held cinematography, Brault has over 200 film credits, including the celebrated “Mon Oncle Antoine.”
A Governor General’s Award recipient, Brault is expected to attend the festival. Previous recipients of the oustanding achievement award include Nick Broomfield, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris.
Hot Docs has also announced plans to fete Emmy-nominated filmmaker John Kastner with its “Focus On” retrospective, which celebrates a Canuck filmmaker in mid-career.
Kastner’s most recent film, “Life With Murder,” earned him the Emmy recognition. Past “Focus On” subjects include Ron Mann, Jennifer Baichwal and Zacharias Kunuk.