Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Oct. 14)

Art Bastard.

By Pat Mullen

There are few new docs opening this weekend, but rest assured—there’s a lot of non-fiction fare on movie screens from coast to coast. POV can attest that there are docs a-plenty on the festival circuit as regional fests and other cinephile gatherings spring up from city to city now that heavyweights like TIFF and VIFF have closed. There might be at least four film festivals on per weekend in Toronto alone between now and the end of November. Over the next week, POV picks on the festival circuit include imagineNATIVE’s opening night film Angry Inuk and Planet in Focus’s kick off pick Theatre of Life, while Ninth Floor, Guantanamo’s Child, and Painted Land screen at the DGC Awards festival at The Royal.

Only two docs get a theatrical start this week beginning with the arty adventure Art Bastard at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. This film by Victor Kanefsky offers a portrait of controversy seeking painter Robert Cenedella and the legacy of modern art fuelled by his ironic contributions as an enfant terrible of the art world. Tweet us at @povmagazine after the show and let us know if Art Bastard paints a pretty picture of Cenedella.

On the other side of documentary art is Keith Maitland’s animated doc Tower. This timely film tells the story of the first mass school shooting in the USA that took place on August 1, 1966 at the University of Texas. In his Hot Docs review of the film, Jonas Jacobs calls Tower ‘a fascinating animated documentary thriller that’s innovative and ambitious.’

Docs held in release this week include The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, Gun Runners and Off the Rails.

New Docs Opening this Week:

Art Bastard
Dir. Victor Kanefsky | USA | 84 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Oct. 14 – Mon, Oct. 17
—>Followed by Live Skype interview with Robert Cenedella on Friday (6:30pm), Saturday (1:00pm), Sunday (4:00pm).

Dir. Keith Maitland | USA | 96 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Bell Lightbox – Fri, Oct. 14 – Thurs, Oct. 20

Vancouver International Mountain Festival Best of Fest
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sat, Oct. 13

When Two Worlds Collide
Dir. Heidi Brandenburg Sierralta, Mathew Orzel | Peru | 100 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Tues, Oct. 18

Doc Classics:

The Great Photographers: Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye
Dir. Heinz Butler | Switzerland | 2003 | 72 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sun, Oct. 16
—>Includes a post-screening Q&A with Paul Roth, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre.

Enjoy a week at the movies!

Visit First Weekend Club for more info on Canadian films opening around the country!