Docs Screening in Canada this Week (June 24-30)

Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star


By Pat Mullen

It’s a quieter week on the doc front. The seven days before the long weekend have only one or two new docs opening on the Canadian front. One premiere of which Toronto audiences will want to take note is Larry Weinstein’s wonderful and intimate profile Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star, which debuts at the Lightbox on Tuesday. Weinstein will be on hand to chat about his experience filming the star of Gigi and An American in Pars. Check back soon to catch POV’s interview with Weinstein in which he elaborates on the pleasure of working with Caron, talks about the possibility of a star system in Canada, and reflects on his career as a whole.

Torontonians can also take pride in Kami Chisholm’s Pride Denied: Homonationalism and the Future of Queer Politics, which screens Friday at Cinema Politica. Winnipeg audiences, on the other hand, can root for the home team when Isiah Medina’s acclaimed 88:88 screens at the Winnipeg Cinematheque. This experimental feature is a recent Canuck highlight from the festival circuit that meditates on form and time.

On the international front, the wild, wacky jaw-dropper Tickled becomes the first film to open at the newly christened Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema. (Review here.) The ‘Ted’ also hosts its first Doc Soup Sunday with The Pulitzer at 100, if literary types and doc fans want to brush up on the prestigious prize. Over in Montreal, RIDM presents the new Frank Zappa doc at Cinema du Parc on Thursday. Finally, fans of Finding Vivian Maier will want to catch a second take on the street photographer when The Vivian Maier Mystery screens at Camera Bar on Saturday in conjunction with Stephen Bulger Gallery’s spotlight of Maier’s work.

Docs now playing:

88:88
Dir. Isiah Medina | Canada | 65 min.
-Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Cinematheque – Thurs, June 30
—>Introduction and Q&A with Isiah Medina.

Almost Holy
Dir. Steve Hoover | USA/Ukraine | 100 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Sat, June 25 – Sun, June 26

De Palma
Dir. Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow | USA | 107 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Bell Lightbox – Fri, June 24 – Thurs, June 30

Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words
Dir. Thosten Schütte | France/Germany | 93 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinéma du Parc – Thurs, June 30

Gayby Baby
Dir. Maya Newell | Australia | 85 min.
-Regina, SK: Regina Public Library – Fri, June 24 – Sun. June 26

Gurukulam
Dir. Neil Dalal, Jillian Elizabeth | USA | 108 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, June 24 – Sat, June 24; Tues, June 28; Thurs, June 30

I am the Blues
Dir. Daniel Cross | Canada | 106 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinéma du Parc – Fri, June 24 – Thurs, June 30
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Sun, June 26 – Tues, June 28
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – Fri, June 24; Sun, June 26; Tues, June 28; Thurs, June 30
-Waterloo, ON: Princess Cinema – Tues, June 28 – Thurs, June 30

The League of Exotique Dancers
Dir. Rama Rau | Canada | 90 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Fri, June 24 – Thurs, June 30
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – Fri, June 24; Thurs, June 30
-Victoria, BC: The Vic – Fri, June 24 – Sun, June 26

Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star
Dir. Larry Weinstein | Canada/France | 55 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Bell Lightbox – Tues, June 28
—>Director Larry Weinstein in attendance!

Our Last Tango
Dir. German Kral | Argentina/Germany | 85 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinéma du Parc – Fri, June 24 – Thurs, June 30

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland | USA/UK/Italy | 96 min.
-Lethbridge, AB: SAAG Cinema / TIFF Film Circuit – Thurs, June 30

Pride Denied: Homonationalism and the Future of Queer Politics
Dir. Kami Chisholm | Canada | 70 min.
-Toronto, ON: Cinema Politica – Fri, June 24

The Pulitzer at 100
Dir. Kirk Simon | USA | 90 min.
-Toronto, ON: Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema – Sun, June 21
->Director Kirk Simon will participate in a post-screening Skype Q&A.

Slow Food Story
Dir. Stefano Sardo | Italy | 74 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Rio Theatre – Mon, June 27
—>Wine and film night! (Cheers!)

Sour Grapes
Dir. Jerry Rothwell, Reuben Atlas | USA/UK/France | 86 min.
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – Mon, June 27; Wed, June 29

Tempest Storm
Dir. Nimisha Mukerji | Canada/France/Germany | 83 min.
-Toronto, ON: Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema – Fri, June 24 – Thurs, June 30
-Vancouver, BC: Rio Theatre – Sun, June 26

Tickled
Dir. David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | New Zealand | 93 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, June 24 – Thurs, June 30
-Toronto, ON: Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema – Fri, June 24 – Thurs, June 30

Trick or Treaty?
Dir. Alanis Obomsawin | Canada | 85 min.
-Regina, SK: Regina Public Library – Fri, June 24 – Sun. June 26

The Vivian Maier Mystery
Dir. Jill Nicholls | USA | 50 min.
-Toronto, ON: Stephen Bulger Gallery – Sat, June 25

Wall Writers
Dir. Roger Gastman | USA/Bermuda | 77 min
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – Fri, June 24 – Thurs, June 30

The Witness
Dir. James Soloman | USA | 90 min.
-Toronto, ON: Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema – Fri, June 24

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