Docs Opening in Canada this Week (May 11 - 17)

Anita Lo in The Heat: A Kitchen ®evolution
Red Queen Productions

By Pat Mullen

Hot Docs might be over, but there are enough docs screening this weekend to satisfy any film buff with the post-festival blues. Doc fans can kick off the weekend with Hot Docs’ opening night film The Heat: A Kitchen ®evolution from Hogtown homegirl Maya Gallus. The director returns to the world of restaurants after 2010’s Dish and asks why so few women enjoy lead roles in restaurants when the domestic space is traditionally dominated by their gender. The Heat offers a warm plate of comfort food as Gallus goes into various kitchens and interviews the women whipping up change. The doc leaves ample food for thought as the festival serves a buffet of female-driven stories. Bon appétit! Read more about The Heat in our interview with Maya Gallus!

Any fans of Rivers and Tides? Director Thomas Riedelsheimer follows up on the career of land-based sculptor Andy Goldsworthy with this serene portrait of the artist as he connects with nature and inspires audiences with his green thumbs. “Leaning into the Wind is an evocative film about an artist, who truly identifies with farmers and workers,” writes Marc Glassman in our review for the film. “Andy Goldsworthy’s love of nature is ever present.Read the POV review of Leaning Into the Wind here.

Another portrait of an artist comes in Heather Lenz’s Kusama – Infinity about pop artist Yayoi Kusama and her funky polka dots. Audiences who couldn’t score tickets to the hugely popular Kusama exhibit can experience her wild and wonderful art at this documentary opening at TIFF Lightbox. (Which, being a ghost town, lets art lovers skip the notorious line-ups at the AGO.) The film looks at Kusama’s life and work, including her residence in a mental institution where art offers a therapeutic escape. “Heather Lenz has made a loving respectful film about a subject well worth documenting,” writes Marc Glassman in our review of the film. “If you love art, this is a must-see. Read the POV review of Kusama – Infinity here.

Kusama – Infinity is also the closing night feature at Vancouver’s DOXA Documentary Festival this weekend. Other docs at the fest include an encore presentation of The Rankin File: Legacy of a Radical, Anote’s Ark, and God Straightens Legs.

Opening this Week:

Ask the Sexpert
Dir. Vaishali Sinha | USA | 80 min.
Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Cinematheque – Fri, May 11 – Sun, May 13; Wed, May 16

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami Review | Interview
Dir. Sophie Fiennes | UK | 116 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Thurs, May 17

Grand Cru
Dir. David Eng | Canada | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, May 11
—>Filmmaker David Eng and Producer Katarina Soukup will take part in a post-screening Q&A
—> Sold out! (So grab some wine with The Heat!)

The Heat Review | Interview
Dir. Maya Gallus | Canada | 75 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, May 11 – Sat, May 12; Mon, May 14 – Thurs, May 17

The Invisible Heart
Dir. Nadine Pequeneza | Canada | 80 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Thurs, May 17
—>Director Nadine Pequeneza will moderate a post-screening panel with Brigitte Witkowski (Mainstay Housing), Cameron Graham (Schulich School of Business), Denise Amyot (CICan) and Luisa Quarta (OPSEU).
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Tues, May 15
—>Director Nadine Pequeneza will moderate a post-screening panel with Rich Osborn (Telus Ventures), Paul Lacerte (Raven Capital Partners) and Paul Finch (BC General Employees Union)

Dir. Alison Chernick | USA/Israel | 82 min.
-Guelph, ON: Bookshelf Cinema – Wed, May 16 – Thurs, May 17
-Kitchener-Waterloo, ON: Princess Cinemas – Tues, May 15 – Thurs, May 17
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, May 11
-Toronto, ON: Mt. Pleasant Cinema – Fri, Apr. 13 – Fri, May 11 – Sun, May 13; Tues, May 15 – Wed, May 16
-Vancouver, BC: Rio Theatre – Mon, May 14

Kusama: Infinity
Dir. Heather Lenz | USA | 76 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Fri, May 11 – Sun, May 13; Tues, May 15 – Thurs, May 17
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Fri, May 11 – Thurs, May 18
-Vancouver, BC: DOXA Documentary Festival – Sat, May 12

Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy
Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer | UK/Germany | 93 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sat, May 12 – Thurs, May 17

Maison du bonheur
Dir. Sofia Bohdanowicz | Canada/France | 62 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Wed, May 16

Metric: Dreams So Real
Dir. T. Edward Martin & Jeff Rogers | USA | 114 min.
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Sun, May 12 – Mon, May 13

Walk with Me
Dir. Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh | UK | 94 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Thurs, May 17

Retro Screenings:

Grey Gardens
Dir. David Maysles and Albert Maysles | USA | 1975 |
-Victoria, BC: Cinecenta – Sun, May 13

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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