It takes a 'Village' to top Hot Doc nods


The Hot Docs festival has given its best international feature award to the Lebanese film "The One Man Village," Simon El Habre's doc about the last man standing in a small village after Lebanon's civil war.

North America's largest documentary festival also gave a special jury prize to Austrian director Peter Kerekes' "Cooking History," about military cooks on 20th century battlefields.

Other prize-winners in Toronto on Friday included Hubert Davis' "Invisible City," earning the best Canadian feature doc award. The best midlength doc award went to "Rabbit a' La Berlin," Bartek Konopka's film about wild rabbits romping on both sides of the now dismantled Berlin Wall and, like Eastern Europeans, adjusting to newfound freedom.

Kara Blake's "The Delian Mode," a Canadian music-driven doc, won for best short, and Korean director Chung-ryoul Lee picked up the best emerging trophy for "Old Partner," about an old man, his wife and a loyal ox that recently broke boxoffice records in South Korea. (partialdiff)