Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Mar. 23 - 29)

Catwalk: Tales from the Catshow Circuit
Meron Gaudet / Markham Street Films

By Pat Mullen

It’s raining cats and dogs at movies theatres this week! While film buffs looking for drama can settle for prized pooches in Wes Anderson’s zany Isle of Dogs, doc walkers may enjoy some feline follies in Michael McNamara and Aaron Hancox’s loveable Catwalk: Tales from the Catshow Circuit. The documentary adds to the wonderful reign of cat fancy on documentary screens after last year’s Kedi. While the Turkish cat flick observed the love that residents of Istanbul have for feral cats, Catwalk offers a portrait of pet owners who devote themselves to their pets. The film takes audiences on a cross Canada tour with cat owner Kim Langille and her prized pet Bobby and their rivals Shirley McCollow and her fuzzball Oh La La. Catwalk does for cats what Christopher Guest’s Best in Show does for dogs, but rather than poke fun at the owners, the film offers an affectionate eye for the bond between humans and their furry companions. Read the POV review of Catwalk here.

Meet Beau Dick. The late Vancouver artist’s work can be seen on our fall cover and in the new documentary Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick. The Kwakwaka’wakw carver and mask maker was also a committed activist for Indigenous issues, and this feature-length profile by LaTiesha Ti’si’tla Fazakas and Natalie Boll explores Dick’s life and work by following him in his final years, watching him hone his craft and joining him for a rousing protest in the Idle No More movement. Speaking to POV earlier this year, Fazakas recalled discovering the artist by picking up one of his incredible masks. “The mask was delightfully terrifying in a way that wasn’t grotesque but sublime,” she said. “It was like he reached out to me through his work and piqued my interest in a way that gave me a thirst for more knowledge.” Learn more about Dick and Maker of Monsters in our cover story The Lives of Artists and check back soon for the POV review!

Opening this Week:

Catwalk: Tales from the Catshow Circuit
Dir. Michael McNamara, Aaron Hancox | Canada | 77 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Mar. 23; Sun, Mar. 25 – Thurs, Mar. 29

In the Intense Now
Dir. João Moreira Salles | Brazil | 127 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Mar. 23 – Sat, Mar. 24; Mon, Mar. 26; Wed, Mar. 28

Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick
Dir. LaTiesha Ti’si’tla Fazakas, Natalie Boll | Canada | 92 min.
-Calgary, AB: Cineplex Eau Claire – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Côte-St-Luc, QC: Cineplex Odeon Cavendish – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Halifax, NS: Cineplex Park Lane – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Oakville, ON: Cineplex Winston Churchill – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Ottawa, ON: Cineplex South Keys – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Peterborough, ON: Galaxy Cinemas – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Sudbury, ON: Silvercity Sudbury – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Yonge & Dundas – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Vancouver, BC: The Park – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Victoria, BC: The Vic – Fri, Mar. 23 – Sun, Mar. 25
-Windsor, ON: Silvercity Windsor – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Winnipeg, MB: Cineplex McGillivray – Thurs, Mar. 29

Metric: Dreams So Real
Dir. T. Edward Martin, Jeff Rogers | Canada | 110 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Fri, Mar. 23; Thurs, Mar. 29

Dir. Jennifer Peedom | Australia | 74 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Fri, Mar. 23 – Sat, Mar. 24; Tues, Mar. 27 – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Sun, Mar. 18; Wed, Mar. 21

Walk with Me
Dir. Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh | UK | 94 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Thurs, Mar. 29
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Mon, Mar. 26; Wed, Mar. 28

Retro Screenings:

Dir. Agnès Varda | West Germany/France | 1976 | 80 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Tues, Mar. 27

Murs Murs
Dir. Agnès Varda | France/USA | 1981 | 85 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Thurs, Mar. 29

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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