Docs Opening in Canada this Week (March 10-16)

Antarctica: Ice and Sky

By Pat Mullen

Luc Jacquet, director of the Oscar winning box office smash March of the Penguins, returns to the south pole in this week’s new opener Antarctica: Ice and Sky. Jacquet’s latest eco doc examines the land of the emperor penguins to investigate evidence of climate change. (Sadly, voiceover king Morgan Freeman doesn’t return.) The film, which closed the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in an impressive show for documentary, looks at the work of scientist Claude Loris, who was the first mind to sound the alarm over climate change.

Documentary fans looking to throw political correctness to the wind may relax and enjoy a giggle with Ferne Pearlstein’s The Last Laugh. The film interviews a roster of notable Jewish comics to discuss the pros and cons of the trickiest stand-up comic joke of all: a good Holocaust joke. How soon is too soon to invite an audience to laugh about the horrors of Auschwitz, especially in a time of increasingly sharp political correctness? Is a chuckle over the past a shameful or empowering one? The funny mensches offer six million reasons for the latter. Read the POV review of The Last Laugh here.

Documentaries holding strong in release or expanding to new cities this week include cat doc Kedi and Oscar nominee I am Not Your Negro.

Opening this Week:

Antarctica: Ice and Sky
Dir. Luc Jacquet | France | 89 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Mar. 10 – Thurs, Mar. 16

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
Dir. Lonny Price | USA | 96 min.
-Kitchener-Waterloo: Princess Cinema – Tues, Mar. 14 – Wed, Mar. 15

Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees
Dir. Jeffrey McKay | Canada | 82 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Cinematheque.- Thurs, Mar. 16

Celtic Soul
Dir. Michael McNamara | Canada | 84 min.
-Kitchener-Waterloo: Princess Cinema – Fri, Mar. 10

Dir. Ceyda Torun | Turkey/USA | 79 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Fri, Mar. 10 – Sat, Mar. 11; Mon, Mar. 13 – Thurs, Mar. 16
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Fri, Mar. 10 – Thurs, Mar. 16
-Guelph, ON: Bookshelf Cinema – Fri. Mar. 10 – Thurs, Mar. 16
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Mon, Mar. 13 – Thurs, Mar. 16
-Victoria, BC: The Vic – Fri, Mar. 10 – Sun, Mar. 12

I am Not Your Negro | Interview with Raoul Peck
Dir. Raoul Peck | USA/France/Belgium/Switzerland | 93 min.
-Kingston, ON: The Screening Room – Fri, Mar. 10; Wed, Mar. 15
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Feb. 24 – Thurs, Mar. 2

The Last Laugh
Dir. Ferne Pearlstein | USA | 85 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Tues, Mar. 14

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
Dir. Brett Story | Canada | 87 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Mon, Mar. 13
Director Brett Story will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

The Skyjacker’s Tale
Dir. Jamie Kastner | Canada | 75 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Cinematheque.- Thurs, Mar. 16

Retro Screenings:

Give Up Tomorrow
Dir. Michael Collins | USA/UK | 2011 | 95 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Mar. 10 – Thurs, Mar. 16
—> Director Michael Collins will Skype in for a post-screening Q&A moderated by film critic and author Geoff Pevere.

Kim Campbell: Through the Looking Glass
Dir. Michel Jones | Canada | 2000 | 76 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Wed, Mar. 15

The Man Who Skied Down Everest
Dir. Bruce Nyznik, Lawrence Schiller | Canada | 1975 | 86 min.
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Sun, Mar. 12 – Mon, Mar. 13

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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