Toto and His Sisters #HotDocs15 | APR 24 – MAY 1

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2015 is screening “Toto and His Sisters (Romania 2014)”, a documentary by Romanian director Alexander Nanau, on April 24, 25 and May 1.

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2015 is screening “Toto and His Sisters (Romania 2014)”, a documentary by Romanian director Alexander Nanau, part of the World Showcase program.

Toto and His Sisters (Romania 2014)
Director: Alexander Nanau
Language: Romanian


Ten-year-old Toto and his teenaged sisters Andreea and Ana try to keep the family intact while their mother is away serving a prison sentence. Left to their own devices, the siblings do their best to raise themselves and each other, without parental supervision or support. The only adult influence in their lives is an uncle who quickly turns their apartment into a drug den, forcing the kids to find refuge outside of the home. While Ana remains at the apartment, Andreea and Toto retreat to an orphanage where they enjoy a modicum of security, and, for the first time, some carefree fun. Not wanting to leave their sister behind, Andreea attempts to convince Ana to join them—her desperation caught on video in especially agonising diary scenes. Filmmaker Alexander Nanau chronicles a devastatingly grim story about childhood innocence lost with phenomenal patience, persistence and heart. Toto and His Sisters is essential viewing; deeply moving observational documentary filmmaking at its best. By Angie Driscoll.


Awards and Festivals

  • 2015 – Tribeca Film Festival, USA
  • 2015 – Festival Premiers Plans d’Angers, France, Grand Jury Prize
  • 2015 – International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2014 – Silver Eye Awards, Czech Republic, Best Eastern European Feature Documentary
  • 2014 – DOK Leipzig, Germany, Ecumenical Jury andTrade Union Prizes
  • 2014 – Festival dei Popoli, Italy, Audience Award
  • 2014 – Stockholm International Film Festival, Sweden
  • 2014 – Warsaw Film Festival, Poland, Best Documentary
  • 2014 – Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland, Best International Documentary
  • 2014 – San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain



  • Fri, Apr 24, 9:45 PM @ ROM Theatre (00 Queen’s Park, Toronto)
  • Sat, Apr 25, 4:30 PM @ Scotiabank Theatre 4 (259 Richmond Street West, Toronto)
  • Fri, May 1, 9:00 PM @ Scotiabank Theatre 7 (259 Richmond Street West, Toronto)
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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival – April 23-May 3, 2015

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, and takes place in Toronto, Canada. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 200 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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