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

Black Sheep


By Pat Mullen

Get a edge on your Oscar pool now that the short docs are hitting theatres! The Oscar nominees open this week in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, offering Oscar watchers an insiders’ look at one of the trickiest categories to predict on the ballot. This year’s crop of contenders, however, is a dreary bunch, so make sure to bring ample Kleenex. The nominees include Black Sheep, a harrowing film about racism and the self-hatred it breeds; A Night at the Garden, an archival film about Nazis on American soil; End Game, a brutally frank depiction of end-of-life decision-making; Lifeboat, an intense if familiar look at the migration crisis; and Period. End of Sentence, an empowering portrait of women in India conquering the stigma around menstruation. Black Sheep gets our vote, so let us know what gets yours! Read the POV review of the Oscar-nominated short docs here. You can also watch four of the films online if you don’t live in one of the lucky cities.

There are 8,000 miles of sidewalks, paths and roads in New York City, and for the past six years Matt Green has been walking them all–every street, every block, every pedestrian overpass, park lane and hiking trail. In The World Before Your Feet, director Jeremy Workman accompanies Matt as he walks towards completing his goal through neighbourhoods rarely seen onscreen, chronicling the unusual daily routine of an exceptionally curious young man. Check back soon for our review of the film!

Fans of Free Solo will want to check out another vertigo-inducing climb of El Capitain in The Dawn Wall. Legendary free climber Tommy Caldwell tries to get over heartbreak by scaling the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in this high-climbing adventure from Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer. “Big screens are the place to take this vista-rich ride,” wrote John DeFore while reviewing the film for The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s plenty of human drama during this climbing as well (some of it caused, or aggravated, by an unexpected media frenzy), alongside physical feats usually reserved on big screens for Tom Cruise and The Rock.”

Docs opening this week:

The Dawn Wall
Dir. Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer | Austria | 100 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Feb. 8 – Thurs, Feb. 14

Don’t Be Nice
Dir. Max Powers | USA | 95 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Tues, Feb. 12

Genesis 2.0
Dir. Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev | various | 112 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Fri, Feb, 8 – Sat, Feb. 9; Tues, Feb. 12 – Wed, Feb. 13
-Victoria, BC: The Vic – Mon, Feb. 11 – Wed, Feb. 13

Gift
Dir. Robin McKenna | Canada | 90 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Musée – Fri, Feb. 8; Mon, Feb.10 – Tues, Feb. 11
—Q&A with director Robin McKenna on Feb. 8

Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Dir. RaMell Ross | USA | 72 min.
-Toronto, ON: Mt. Pleasant Cinema – Fri, Feb, 8 – Sun, Feb. 10; Wed, Feb. 13

Impetus
Dir. Jennifer Alleyn | Canada | 94 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema Beaubien – Fri, Feb. 8 – Thurs, Feb. 14
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Musée – Fri, Feb. 8; Sun, Feb. 12; Thurs, Feb. 14

Minding the Gap
Dir. Bing Liu | USA | 93 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Fri, Feb, 8 – Sat, Feb. 9; Tues, Feb. 12
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Feb. 8 – Sat, Feb. 9; Mon, Feb. 11 – Tues, Feb. 12

The Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts
Dir. Various | various | 140 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Sat, Feb. 9 – Sun, Feb. 10
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Fri, Feb. 8 – Thurs, Feb. 14
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Feb. 8 – Sat, Feb. 9; Mon, Feb. 11 – Tues, Feb. 12

The Oslo Diaries
Dir. Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan | Canada/Israel | 97 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Sat, Feb. 9 – Sun, Feb. 10; Tues, Feb. 12 – Thurs, Feb. 14

That Higher Level
Dir. John Bolton | Canada | 75 min.
-Victoria, BC: The Vic – Sat, Feb. 9

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes
Dir. Alison Reid | Canada | 83 min.
-Victoria, BC: Cinecenta – Sun, Feb. 10

Wonders of the Sea 3D
Dir. Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jean-Jacques Mantello | UK/France, 82 min.
-Calgary, AB: Scotiabank Chinook – Fri, Feb. 8 – Tues, Feb. 12
-Edmonton, AB: South Edmonton Common – Fri, Feb. 8 – Tues, Feb. 12
-Oakville, ON: Cineplex Winston Churchill – Fri, Feb. 8 – Thurs, Feb. 14
-Richmond, BC: SilverCity Riverport – Fri, Feb. 8 – Thurs, Feb. 14
-Vancouver, BC: Cineplex International Village – Fri, Feb. 8 – Tues, Feb. 12
-Winnipeg, MB: Scotiabank Winnipeg – Fri, Feb. 8 – Tues, Feb. 12

The World Before Your Feet
Dir. Jeremy Workman | USA | 95 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Wed, Feb. 13
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Feb. 8 – Thurs, Feb. 14

You Are Here: A Come From Away Story
Dir. Moze Mossanen | Canada | 84 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Mon, Feb. 11
—>Cast present for Q&A!

Retro Screenings:

Jessye Norman Sings Carmen
Dir. Albert Maysles | USA | 1989 | 57 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Tues, Feb. 12
—> Screens with Oedipus Rex (dir. Julie Taymor, 1993)
—> Featuring guest Jessye Norman

Stop Making Sense
Dir. Jonathan Demme | USA | 1984 | 88 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Feb. 8

The War at Home
Dir. Glenn Silber, Barry Alexander Brown | USA | 1979 | 97 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Cinematheque – Fri, Feb. 8 – Sat, Feb. 9

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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