'Surgeon,' 'Smiling' top Hot Docs

Emerging artist award goes to 'Corridor #8'

TORONTO -- The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on Friday gave its international feature documentary trophy to U.K. helmer Geoffrey Smith's "The English Surgeon," a portrait of a British brain surgeon who offers much-needed care to patients in Ukraine.

The Hot Docs jury also gave a special jury prize to Israeli director Tamar Yarom's "To See If I'm Smiling," a look at the toll war takes on female Israeli soldiers.

Elsewhere, the Hot Docs emerging artist award went to Bulgarian filmmaker Boris Despodov for "Corridor #8," a comedic take on an infrastructure project in Southeastern Europe, while the Canadian film jury handed the best Canadian feature documentary trophy to Isabelle Lavigne and Stephane Thibault's "Junior," a behind-the-scenes look at Canadian junior hockey.

The jury prize for Canadian feature documentaries went to Nik Sheehan's "Flicker," a portrait of pop culture icon Brion Gysin.

Other winners included British director James Lees, a documentary short nod for "The Apology Line," and Iran's Mehrdad Oskouei, the midlength award for "It's Always Late for Freedom."

The fest ends Sunday.
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