Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Apr. 14-20)

Black Code
Mongel Media


By Pat Mullen

This week is all about supporting Canadian films! As we approach National Canadian Film Day on Wednesday, April 19, POV wants to remind doc fans to do their civic duty by getting out there and watching a Canadian film. Check here for screenings around you, and remember that one can watch a Canadian film anywhere on April 19 thanks to the help of broadcasters, streaming sites, mobile apps, etc. Doc fans looking for something different may join POV for a special conversation on documentary as Canada’s national art form at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. This event features the launch of POV #105, our biggest issue ever devoted to the history of Canadian documentary, which is presented with the generous support of Reel Canada. Get event details here!

Doc fans looking to practice their support for Canadian films this weekend may check out Nick de Pencier’s Black Code at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and Vancity Theatre, or Michael Melski’s Perfume War at select Cineplex locations. (Read the POV interview with Michael Melski here.) Perfume War shares Barb Stegemann’s philosophy of retail activism as she betters the lives of farmers around the world by encouraging sustainable products, and film fans may take a cue of inspiration and grab a ticket to either (or both) of these new Canadian films.

Opening this Week:

All These Sleepless Nights
Dir. Michal Marczak | Poland | 100 min.
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Fri, Apr. 14; Sun, Apr. 16; Tues, Apr. 18 – Wed, Apr. 19.

Black Code
Dir. Nick de Pencier | Canada | 89 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Apr. 14 – Mon, Apr. 17; Wed, Apr. 19
—>Director Nicholas de Pencier and Munk School of Global Affairs’ Citizen Lab director Ron Deibert will be in attendance for Q&As following the Friday (6:15 p.m.) and Saturday (4:00 p.m.) screenings.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Apr. 14 – Mon, Apr. 17
—>Skype Q&A with filmmaker Nick de Pencier and Ron Deibert, author and director of the Citizen Lab, after our Friday, April 14th screening.

David Lynch: The Art Life
Dir. Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm | Denmark/USA | 88 min.
Fri, Apr. 7; Wed, Apr. 12
-Halifax, NS: Carbon Arc – Fri, Apr. 14

Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table
Dir. Leslie Iwerks | USA | 96 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sun, Apr. 16
—>Director Leslie Iwerks will participate in a post-screening Skype Q&A.

The Gardener
Dir. S├ębastien Chabot | Canada | 88 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Apr. 14 – Sat, Apr. 15; Tues, Apr. 18; Thurs, Apr. 20

I Called Him Morgan
Dir. Kasper Collin | USA | 92 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Tues, Apr. 18

My Scientology Movie
Dir. John Dowler and Louis Theroux | UK | 100 min.
-Kitchener-Waterloo, ON: Princess Cinemas – Fri, Apr. 14 – Wed, Apr. 19
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Fri, Apr. 14 – Tues, Apr. 18

Perfume War
Dir. Michael Melski | Canada | 95 min.
-Calgary, AB: Cineplex Eau Claire – Fri, Apr. 14 – Thurs, Apr. 20
—>W. Brett Wilson & Warrant officer Rob Dolson to do Q&A April 16th, 1pm Calgary Screening
-Halifax, NS: Cineplex Park Lane – Fri, Apr. 14 – Thurs, Apr. 20
—>Barb Stegemann & Director Michael Melski to do Q&A at the Friday April 14th, 7pm Halifax screening
-Ottawa, ON: Cineplex South Keys – Fri, Apr. 14 – Thurs, Apr. 20
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Yonge & Dundas – Fri, Apr. 14 – Thurs, Apr. 20
—>Barb Stegemann to do Q&A Saturday April 15, 4pm Toronto screening
-Vancouver, BC: The Park – Fri, Apr. 14 – Thurs, Apr. 20

Strangers on the Earth
Dir. Tristan Cooke | USA | 90 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Apr. 14 – Tues, Apr. 18; Thurs, Apr. 20

Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live… And More
Dir. Benno Nelson | USA | 95 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Tues, Apr. 18
—>Jody Stephens from Big Star will participate in a post-screening Skype Q&A.

Retro Screenings:

Nanook of the North
Dir. Robert Flaherty | USA | 1922 | 83 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Fri, Apr. 14; Sun, Apr. 16

Enjoy a week at the movies!

Visit First Weekend Club for more info on Canadian films opening around the country!

Please note that weekly doc openings will be on hold over the next two weeks due to Hot Docs coverage.