Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Feb. 22 - 28)

Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group


By Pat Mullen

Don’t blink if you want to see something new on the doc front this week. It’s a whirlwind of one-off screenings over the next few days with special events of The Tales of the Winnipeg Film Group bringing an essential slice of Canadian film history to Toronto with directors Dave Barber and Kevin Nikkel in attendance at TIFF Lightbox on Fed. 27. (Read Tom McSorley’s review of the doc here.) This week also features the world premiere of The Shadow of Gold, which tackles the consequences of gold mining and jewelry dealing on an international scale. Screenings happen at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto and Ottawa’s Mayfair Theatre with guests in attendance for both screenings.

On Sunday, catch the latest Doc Soup Sunday serving at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. The soup of the month for February is the Italian doc Ferrante Fever, which dives into the mystery of author Elena Ferrante, who sold millions of books despite being a faceless ghost in the publishing scene. The doc looks beyond the mystery of the author’s identity and considers why Ferrante’s books took the world by storm. Read more on Ferrante Fever in this story by i.Italy.

Docs opening this week:

Cat Video Fest
Dir. Various cat lovers | USA | 75 min
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sat, Feb. 23

Ferrante Fever
Dir. Giacomo Durzi | Italy | 74 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sun, Feb. 24
—> Q&A with Franco Gallippi, Italian Cultural Studies professor and Martha Sharpe, editor and publisher and the founder of Toronto’s Flying Books bookshop.

Free Solo
Dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | USA | 100 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Sun, Feb. 24
-Kingston, ON: The Screening Room – Fri, Feb. 22; – Wed, Feb. 27
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Feb. 22
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Feb. 22

Gift
Dir. Robin McKenna | Canada | 90 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Fri, Feb. 22 – Sun, Feb. 24; Tues, Feb. 26 – Thurs, Feb. 28

Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Dir. RaMell Ross | USA | 72 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Sat, Feb. 23
-Victoria, BC: Cinecenta – Fri, Feb. 22 – Sat, Feb. 23

The Last Resort
Dir. Dennis Scholl, Kareem Tabsch | USA | 70 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Mon, Feb. 25 – Tues, Feb. 26; Thurs, Feb. 28

Minding the Gap
Dir. Bing Liu | USA | 93 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Wed, Feb. 27

The Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts
Dir. Various | various | 140 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Sat, Feb. 23

RBG
Dir. Betsy Cohen, Julie West | USA | 90 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Feb. 22

The Shadow of Gold
Dir. Sally Blake, Denis Delestrac, Robert Lang | Canada/France | 76 min.
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Wed, Feb. 27
—>Post-screening discussion!
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Feb. 22
—>Director Robert Lang and guests in attendance for Q&A!

Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group
Dir. Kevin Nikkel, Dave Barber | Canada | 80 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Wed, Feb. 27
—>Directors Dave Barber and Kevin Nikkel in attendance.

This Mountain Life
Dir. Grant Baldwin | Canada | 76 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Wed, Feb. 27 – Thurs, Feb. 28

What Walaa Wants
Dir. Christy Garland | Canada | 89 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Sat, Feb. 23; Tues, Feb. 26
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Wed, Feb. 27

The World Before Your Feet Review 1 | Review 2
Dir. Jeremy Workman | USA | 95 min.
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Fri, Feb. 22 – Tues, Feb. 26
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Mon, Feb. 25 – Thurs, Feb. 28
-Toronto, ON: Mt. Pleasant Cinema – Sat, Feb. 23 – Sun, Feb. 24; Wed, Feb. 27

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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