'Surgeon,' 'Smiling' top Hot Docs


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, for his short "The Apology Line," and Iran's Mehrdad Oskouei, who earned the midlength nod for "It's Always Late for Freedom."

The fest ended Sunday. (partialdiff)