Docs Opening in Canada this Week (July 27 - Aug 2)

Generation Wealth
Elevation Pictures


By Pat Mullen

Lauren Greenfield gave audiences a fascinating tour of the downfall of the USA’s 1% in her 2012 doc The Queen of Versailles. After walking the unfinished halls of Jackie and David Siegel’s opulently self-indulgent 90,000 square foot mansion, which was stalled by the inconvenience of the 2008 financial crisis, Greenfield returns to the underbelly of the rich and famous with Generation Wealth. The film features a variety of high rollers, including Jackie Siegel, through which Greenfield taps into the mindset that drives people to pursue the almighty dollar. “Greenfield’s documentary Generation Wealth couldn’t have been made at a more appropriate time,” wrote Marc Glassman while reviewing the film. Read the review of Generation Wealth here

Movie buffs and music connoisseurs get another taste of film on film with Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda. This soothing doc goes behind the scenes with Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, who won a well-deserved Oscar for The Last Emperor and moved audiences most recently with his hauntingly powerful score for The Revenant. Coda observes the composer as he reflects upon his life after receiving a cancer diagnosis and being inspired by the tragedy at Fukushima. Sakamoto commits himself towards creating innovative music that embraces life’s qualities and nuances while using his newfound perspectives on life to fight for a safer and healthier planet. It’s an intimate glimpse within the creative process. The film opens this week in Vancouver at Vancity Theatre, but check back for a review next week when it comes to Toronto!

Finally, Toronto audiences can engage with one of the city’s hottest topics when the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema hosts a screening of Bikes vs. Cars and a panel discussion on road safety. The conversation builds on the recent spike in accidents in which cyclists have been killed or injured on the city’s crowded streets. The event asks audiences to engage with questions of best practices and smart city planning to ensure that Torontonians can travel from point A to point B safely. It’s an important conversation, especially if it includes a frequently overlooked category of commuter: pedestrians! Think about it, especially if dodging bicycles on the sidewalk en route to the screening.

Opening this Week:

The Accountant of Auschwitz
Dir. Matthew Shoychet | Canada | 78 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, July 27 – Sun, July 29; Thurs, Aug 2
-Vancouver, BC: Rio Theatre – Sat, July 29; Wed, Aug. 1

Always at the Carlyle
Dir. Matthew Miele | USA | 92 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sat, July 27 – Sun, July 29

Generation Wealth
Dir. Lauren Greenfield | USA | 106 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug 2

Hitler’s Hollywood
Dir. Rüdiger Suchsland | Germany | 105 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Sat, July 28

The King
Dir. Eugene Jarecki | USA | 107 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, July 27; Mon, July 30 – Tues, July 31; Thurs, Aug. 2

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
Dir. Stephen Schible | Japan/USA | 100 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Sat, July 28 – Mon, July 30; Wed, Aug. 1 – Thurs, Aug. 2

Three Identical Strangers
Dir. Tim Wardle | USA | 96 min.
-Kingston, ON: The Screening Room – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug. 2
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug. 2
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug. 2
-Victoria, BC: Cinecenta – Sun, July 29 – Thurs, Aug. 2

Whitney
Dir. Kevin MacDonald | USA/UK | 120 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Landmark City Centre – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug. 2
-Oakville, ON: Cineplex Winston Churchill – Fri, July 27; Tues, July 31
-Ottawa, ON: Landmark Kanata – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug. 2
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Eglinton Town Centre – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug. 2
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Yonge and Dundas – Fri, July 27; Tues, July 31 – Wed, Aug. 1
-Vancouver, BC: The Park – Fri, July 27; Mon, July 30 – Wed, Aug. 1

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Review | Interview
Dir. Morgan Neville | USA | 95 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Princess Theatre – Sat, July 28 – Sun, July 29
-Kingston, ON: The Screening Room – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug. 2
-Kitchener-Waterloo, ON: Princess Cinema – Fri, July 27 – Mon, July 31
-Kitchener-Waterloo, ON: Princess Twin – Mon, July 31 – Wed, Aug. 1
-London, ON: Hyland Cinema- Fri, July 27 – Mon, July 30
-Montreal, QC: Cineplex Forum – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug. 2
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Sat, July 28 – Sun, July 29
-Ottawa, ON: St-Laurent – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug. 2
-Toronto, ON: Canada Square – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug. 2
-Vancouver, BC: International Village Cinemas – Fri, July 27 – Thurs, Aug. 2

Retro Screenings:

Bikes Vs. Cars
Dir. Fredrik Gertten | Sweden | 2015 | 90 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Wed, Aug 1
—>Featuring a panel discussion with Mike Layton (City Councillor, Ward 19) and Liz Sutherland (Cycle Toronto). Half of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Cycle Toronto’s Bike Safety programs.

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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