Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Apr. 13-19)


By Pat Mullen

Arshad Khan’s Abu returns for a theatrical release in Toronto and Montreal after screening at The Royal in Toronto for a few days last winter and enjoying several one-offs and festivals. The film is Khan’s personal story of coming out and how being gay had an impact on his relationship with his father, a devout Muslim. “As is often the case with first-person documentaries or memoirs, Abu meant exploring every aspect of Khan’s childhood, however uncomfortable those might be,” wrote Matt Hays while profiling Abu. “It is powerful and at times emotionally challenging to watch.” Read more about Abu in The Family Ties that Bind.

Doc fans can practice their runway strut before Hot Docs at the final Doc Soup screening ahead of this year’s festival. Sunday’s Doc Soup serves up Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards about famed shoe designer Manolo Blahnik. The weatherman might be calling for rainboots this weekend, but why not splash in the puddles in style with this doc that interviews the rich and famous to illuminate the chic style of a contemporary favourite? “Sure, there are plenty of headshots of famous fashionistas, from Vogue’s Anna Wintour and André Leon Talley to Rihanna and Karlie Kloss, hymning the perfection of his pumps, mules and kitten heels,” writes Leslie Felperin at The Guardian, “but there’s also a proper appreciation of his craftsmanship, skill and depth of historical knowledge.”

Opening this Week:

Dir. Arshad Khan | Canada | 80 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cineplex Forum – Fri, Apr. 13 – Thurs, Apr. 19
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Yonge & Dundas – Fri, Apr. 13 – Thurs, Apr. 19

After Auschwitz
Dir. Jon Kean | USA/Poland | 83 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sat, Apr. 14 – Thurs, Apr. 19

Faces Places
Dir. Agnès Varda, JR | France | 90 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Tues, Apr. 17

Grand Cru
Dir. David Eng | Canada | 82 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema Beaubien – Fri, Apr. 13 – Thurs, Apr. 19

Dir. Alison Chernick | USA/Israel | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sun, Apr. 14 – Mon, Apr. 16
-Toronto, ON: Mt. Pleasant Cinema – Fri, Apr. 13 – Sun, Apr. 15; Tues, Apr. 17
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Sun, Apr. 14 – Mon, Apr. 16
-Victoria, BC: Cincenta – Wed, Apr. 18 – Thurs, Apr. 19

Love, Cecil Interview | Review
Dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland | USA | 99 min.
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Fri, Apr. 13 – Sat, Apr. 14; Mon, Apr. 16; Thurs, Apr. 19

Dir. Michael Roberts | USA | 89 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sun, Apr. 15

Muhi – Generally Temporary
Dir. Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman | Israel/Germany | 87 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Thurs, Apr. 18

My Enemy, My Brother
Dir. Ann Shin | Canada | 88 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Mon, Apr. 16
-Post-screening Q&A with Ann Shin; VR experience in lobby

On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi
Dir. Brandon Gross and Skyler Gross | Canada/USA | 40 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Wed, Apr. 18

Walk with Me
Dir. Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh | UK | 94 min.
-Kingston, ON: The Screening Room – Sat, Apr. 14 – Thurs, Apr. 19
-Kitchener-Waterloo, ON: Princess Cinemas – Sat, Apr. 14 – Sun, Apr. 15; Wed, Apr. 18 – Thurs, Apr. 19
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Sun, Apr. 14 – Mon, Apr. 16

Retro Screenings:

Agnès Varda: From Here to There
Dir. Agnès Varda | France | 2012 | 225 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Sun, Apr. 15

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
Dir. Barbara Leibovitz | USA 2007 | 81 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sat, Apr. 14

Dir. Ron Fricke | USA | 1992 | 97 min.
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Sun, Apr. 15

The Beaches of Agnès
Dir. Agnès Varda | France | 2008 | 110 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Sat, Apr. 14

The Gleaners and I
Dir. Agnès Varda | France | 2000 | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Fri, Apr. 13

Fight for Justice: David & Me
Dir. Ray Klonsky, Marc Lamy | Canada | 2014 | 69 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Wed, Apr. 18
-Post-screening Skype Q&A with subject David McCallum

Dir. Godfrey Reggio | USA | 1986 | 92 min.
-Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Cinematheque – Fri, Apr. 13 – Sun, Apr. 15

Trembling Before G-d
Dir. Sandi Simcha Dubowski | Israel/France/USA | 2002 | 94 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Tues, Apr. 17
-Post-screening Skype Q&A with subject Michelle Miller and filmmaker Sandi Simcha Dubowski

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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