Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Dec. 8-14)

Chavela


By Pat Mullen

Olé! Olé! Olé! One of the audience favourites from Hot Docs returns this week as Chavela comes to theatres. The film ends an impressive festival run that included wins at several LGBTQ film festivals including LA Outfest and Montreal’s image+nation in recognition of Vargas’ significance in breaking social barriers in Mexico. Chavela tells of the life of the iconic ranchera singer, largely unknown outside Hispanic communities and world music fan clubs, with an affectionate warts and all biopic that is bound to move viewers with the melancholic, gravelly voice of Chavela Vargas. “Vargas’ biography, like her music, is awfully melancholy,” we wrote in our review. “But it’s also told so sincerely and beautifully that one feels joy and admiration in lieu of sadness.” Read the POV review of Chavela here.

Chavela marks the only new theatrical opener this week, but audiences can still catch encore presentations of Faces Places, Jane and Human Flow, which all made the Oscar shortlist announced last night. On the festival front, Toronto audiences can catch the JAYU Human Rights Film Festival at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

Opening this Week:

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Dir. Alexandra Dean | USA | 90 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Princess Theatre – Fri, Dec. 8 – Thurs, Dec. 14
-Kitchener-Waterloo: Princess Cinemas – Fri, Dec. 8
-London, ON: Hyland Cinema – Fri, Dec. 8 – Thurs, Dec. 14
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Wed, Dec. 13 – Thurs, Dec. 14
-Toronto. ON: Mt. Pleasant Cinema – Fri, Dec. 8 – Sun, Dec. 10; Tues, Dec. 12; Thurs, Dec. 14

c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city
Dir. Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers | Canada | 75 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Wed, Dec. 13

Chavela
Dir. Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi | Canada | 93 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Dec. 8 – Fri, Dec. 15

Do Donkeys Act?
Dir. David Redmon, Ashley Sabin | UK | 72 min.
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Sun, Dec. 10 – Mon, Dec. 11

Faces Places
Dir. Agnès Varda, JR | France | 90 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Princess Theatre – Fri, Dec. 8 – Thurs, Dec. 14
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema -Mon, Dec. 11
-Toronto, ON: The Regent – Fri, Dec. 8 – Thurs, Dec. 14
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Sat, Dec. 9 – Sun, Dec. 10
-Victoria, BC: The Vic – Sat, Dec. 9 – Thurs, Dec. 14

Human Flow
Dir. Ai Weiwei | Germany/USA | 140 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Fri, Dec. 8 – Sat, Dec. 9; Mon, Dec. 11 – Tues, Dec. 12; Thurs, Dec. 14
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Fri, Dec. 8 – Sat, Dec. 9
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Wed, Dec. 13 – Thurs, Dec. 14
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Fri, Dec. 8 – Thurs, Dec. 14
-Vancouver, BC: Cinecenta – Wed, Dec. 13 – Thurs, Dec. 14

Integral Man
Dir. Joseph Clement | Canada | 62 min.
-Guelph, ON: Bookshelf Cinema – Wed, Dec. 13 – Thurs, Dec. 14

Jane Interview | Review
Dir. Brett Morgen | USA | 90 min.
-Kitchener-Waterloo: Princess Cinemas – Wed, Dec. 13
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Dec. 8; Sun, Dec. 10 – Mon, Dec. 11
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Dec. 8 – Sun, Dec. 10

Meet Beau Dick: Maker of Monsters
Dir. LaTiesha Ti’si’tla Fazakas, Natalie Boll | Canada | 92 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Wed, Dec. 13

The Road Forward
Dir. Marie Clements | Canada | 100 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Thurs, Dec. 14
—>Director Marie Clements in attendance
-Vancouver, BC: Cinecenta – Mon, Dec. 11 – Tues, Dec. 12

Enjoy a week at the movies!