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James Franco, Ai Weiwei featured in Hot Docs lineup

TORONTO — The Canadian Press

James Franco in a scene from an episode of the soap opera "General Hospital" (Handout)

Oscar-nominated actor James Franco's documentary about his time on General Hospital is among the films set for next month's Hot Docs festival.

Francophrenia (Or: Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is), co-directed by Ian Olds, is described as “a wild behind-the-scenes” look at Franco's role on the daytime soap opera.

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Hot Docs kicks off April 26 with director Alison Klayman's debut feature documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a portrait of the Chinese artist and activist.

Other notable titles in the lineup include Indie Game: The Movie, a look at video game developers from James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot; Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley portrait Marley; and Yung Chang's China Heavyweight, about a boxing coach training poor teens in rural China.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Terry Gilliam's struggle to make a film about Don Quixote is captured in Lost in La Mancha, directed by Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton and co-starring Jeff Bridges.

Devoted Rick Springfield fans are the focus of Sylvia Caminer's An Affair of the Heart.

And Chris James Thompson delivers a biography of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Jeff.

This year, Hot Docs will screen 189 titles from 51 countries at the festival, which runs until May 6.

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