France's 'Babies' to open Hot Docs

Rush biopic, Adrian Grenier's 'Paparazzo' also set to screen

TORONTO -- Focus Features' "Babies," a French documentary by Thomas Blames, will open the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on April 29, organizers said Tuesday.

The film about four babies from Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco and Tokyo taking their first steps in life will open Toronto as it unspools in all 166 documentaries from 41 countries during its 11-day run.

Also featured on opening night is the Canadian premiere of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn's "Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage," a portrait of the popular Canadian rock band Rush.

Hot Docs will also screen Steven Soderbergh's Spalding Gray documentary biopic "And Everything is Going Fine," which bowed at Slamdance, and Alex Gibney's "Casino Jack and the United States of Money," a portrait of jailed Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Toronto also booked "12th & Delaware," directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing's report from the frontline of the U.S. abortion debate, and "Joan Rivers -- A Piece of Work," an all-access portrait of the American comedy legend by filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg ("The Devil Came on Horseback").

Also bound for Hot Docs are the Sundance award winners "Space Tourists," a look at super-rich space travelers by Swiss director Christian Frei, and Josh Fox's "Gasland," a probe into the current U.S. natural gas drilling boom.

And actor Adrian Grenier ("Entourage") will screen in Toronto his "Teenage Paparazzo," a film about a 13-year-old celebrity photographer, Austin Visschedyk, that bowed at Sundance.

Hot Docs is set to run from April 29-May 9.
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