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U.S. documentaries will dominate the awards competition at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which unveiled its official lineup Tuesday.

Hot Docs will open April 17 with U.S. director Sacha Gervasi's "Anvil," a portrait of the Canadian heavy metal band that had its bow in January at Sundance. Gervasi and his camera follow the members of the band — now in their 50s and playing in dodgy Toronto bars — as they embark on a European tour.

Other U.S. titles bound for Toronto include world premieres for Susan Gray's "Killer Poet," a portrait of an escaped convicted killer who was on the run for two decades; Koji Masutani's "Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived"; and Gabriel Rhodes' "Behind the Glass."

In all, Hot Docs will feature 44 U.S. titles in a lineup of 173 films from 36 countries. The fest will unspool a record 30 world premieres and 34 North American bows.

The opening Canadian film at Hot Docs will be Sturla Gunnarsson's "Air India 182."

The 15th annual Hot Docs fest will run April 17-27 in Toronto.
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