Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Apr. 6-12)
By Pat Mullen
History buffs, activists, deep thinkers, and fans of the archive may want to explore In the Intense Now this weekend at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, but the dense revolutionary romp is an acquired taste. Director João Moreira Salles considers history past and present by combining through an array of archival footage chronicling major social shifts. He presents home movies his mother in China when a vacation coincided with the Cultural Revolution. These family souvenirs form a collage with images of a military coup in Brazil, the events of May 1968 in Paris, and the final days of Prague Spring. These snapshots of the Sixties invite Salles to reflect upon history and the layers of truth and meaning that reside within the frames. While somewhat esoteric in its slow and methodical contemplation, the doc asks big thoughtful questions about the seeds of rebellion that inspire change. But does it answer them? Read the POV review of In the Intense Now here.
Art addicts will want to take in the musical offering at Hot Docs Cinema after a popular Doc Soup screening earlier this year. The special this week is Alison Chernick’s Itzhak about acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman. The doc profiles the musician and his soulful ability to summon musical notes that sing to the high heavens. Chernick tells Perlman’s story about growing up and developing his hand at music while dealing with the affects of Polio on his young body. Featuring appearances by celebrities like Alan Alda and Billy Joel, this easygoing doc is in perfect harmony with its subject. Chernick is adept at profiles of cultural figures that transcend mere celebrity. “Good music and good company make Itzhak a pleasure,” wrote Dennis Harvey while reviewing the film for Variety. “Perlman is a garrulous personality who seems comfortable in almost any setting.”
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Opening this Week:
Dir. Alison Chernick | USA/Israel | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Apr. 6 – Wed, Apr. 11
S.P.I.T.: Squeegee Punks in Traffic
Dir. Daniel Cross | Canada | 2002 | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Tues, Apr. 10
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Dir. Bill Spiegel | USA | 2013 | 93 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Sat, Apr. 7
The World of Jacques Demy
Dir. Agnès Varda | France | 1995 | 91 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Sun, Apr. 8
The Young Girls Turn 25
Dir. Agnès Varda | France | 1993 | 66 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Fri, Apr. 6
Enjoy a week at the movies!
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