Docs Screening in Canada this Week (Aug. 5 - 11)

Werner Herzog’s My Best Fiend


By Pat Mullen

Happy Werner Week! Herzog’s new doc Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World opens this week in Montreal and Vancouver, and it’s worth peeling oneself away from the laptop to witness Herzog discover this newfangled thing called the Internet and consider all the existential questions that it inspires. The film opens in Toronto next week at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. We’re currently holding a contest for free tickets, so be sure to enter!

The Teddy has a wild Werner Herzog retrospective to tide Toronto auds over in the meantime, though, with a slate of films including both drama and docs. Catch Herzog’s epic saga Fitzcarraldo and then witness all the behind-the-scenes drama of Herzog’s notoriously testy relationship with actor Klaus Kinski as chronicled in Les Blank’s doc Burden of Dreams and Herzog’s My Best Fiend. Other docs at the retro invite non-fiction fans to enjoy some spelunking with The Cave of Forgotten Dreams and then cool off with some penguins in Encounters at the End of the World, which brought Herzog his only Oscar nomination for Best Documentary. Any docs fans disappointed that Herzog’s Grizzly Man isn’t playing can lift their spirits with this great take on the director from fellow grizzly man Peter Lynch!

On the Canadian front, the Québécois doc Parfaites invites audiences to dive in with the national team of synchronized swimmers as they prepare for the Olympics. This new doc by Jérémie Battaglia debuts just in time for the games in Rio. Audiences outside Montreal can catch the film over at CBC Firsthand and cheer the girls on in their quest for gold.

Finally, Toronto audiences can cheer on the generation of doc-makers at the Toronto Youth Shorts Festival, which runs Friday and Saturday. The fest features docs on everything from bums to gamers.

Docs now playing:

Bobcaygeon
Dir. Andy Keen | Canada | 2012 | 100 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sat, Aug. 6

Burden of Dreams
Dir. Les Blank | USA | 1982 | 95 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sun, Aug. 7

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Dir. Werner Herzog | France/USA,/Canada/Germany/France | 2012 | 90 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Thurs, Aug. 11

Dark Horse
Dir. Louise Osmond | UK | 85 min.
-Kingston, ON: The Screening Room – Fri, Aug. 5 – Wed, Aug. 10

Daughter of the Lake
Dir. Ernesto Cabellos Damian | Peru | 87 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema Politica – Thurs, Aug. 11

Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words
Dir. Thosten Schütte | France/Germany | 93 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Mon, Aug. 8

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is
Dir. Denis Sanders | USA | 1970 | 97 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Rio Theatre – Thurs, Aug. 11

Encounters at the End of the World
Dir. Werner Herzog | USA | 2007 | 99 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Wed, Aug. 10

The First Monday in May
Dir. Andrew Rossi | USA | 90 min.
-Victoria, BC: The Vic – Fri, Aug. 5 – Sun, Aug. 7

Germans & Jews
Dir. Janina Quint | USA | 76 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Aug. 5 – Thurs, Aug. 11

Gurukulam
Dir. Neil Dalal, Jillian Elizabeth | USA | 108 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Fri, Aug. 5 – Thurs, Aug. 11

How to Build a Time Machine
Dir. Jay Cheel | Canada | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – Tues, Aug. 9; Thurs, Aug. 11

I am the Blues
Dir. Daniel Cross | Canada | 106 min.
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – Fri, Aug. 5; Sun, Aug. 7

Life, Animated
Dir. Roger Ross Williams | USA | 89 min.
-Calgary, AB: Eau Claire Market Cinemas – Fri, Aug, 5 – Wed, Aug. 10
-Cobourg, ON: The Loft – Fri, Aug 5; Sun, Aug. 7; Thurs, Aug. 11
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Fri, Aug 5 – Wed, Aug. 10
-Halifax, NS: Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane – Fri, Aug. 5 – Wed, Aug. 10
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – Fri, Aug. 5; Sun, Aug. 7
-Toronto, ON: The Regent – Sat, Aug. 6 – Sun, Aug 7; Tues, Aug. 9 – Wed, Aug. 10
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Yonge & Dundas – Fri, Aug. 5 – Wed, Aug. 10
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Aug. 5 – Sat, Aug. 6; Tues, Aug. 9 – Thurs, Aug. 11

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Dir. Werner Herzog | USA | 90 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, Aug. 5 – Thurs, Aug. 11
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Aug. 5 – Thurs, Aug. 11

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
Dir. Morgan Neville | USA | 96 min.
-Calgary, AB: Eau Claire Market Cinemas – Sat, Aug. 6; Mon, Aug, 8 – Wed, Aug. 10
-Cobourg, ON: The Loft – Sat, Aug. 6; Wed, Aug. 10
-Halifax, NS: Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane – Fri, Aug. 5; Mon, Aug, 8 – Wed, Aug. 10
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, Aug. 5 – Thurs, Aug. 11
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Aug. 5 – Sat, Aug, 6; Mon, Aug. 8 – Thurs, Aug. 11
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – Fri, Aug. 5 – Thurs, Aug. 11
-Vancouver. BC: The Park – Sat, Aug. 6; Mon, Aug, 8 – Wed, Aug. 10
-Victoria, BC: The Vic – Fri, Aug. 5 – Thurs, Aug. 11

My Best Fiend
Dir. Werner Herzog | Germany/UK/USA | 1999 | 95 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Mon, Aug. 8

Parfaites / Perfect
Dir. Jérémie Battaglia | Canada | 76 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, Aug. 5 – Sat, Aug. 6
-Montreal, QC: Cinémathèque Québécoise – Fri, Aug. 5 – Thurs, Aug. 11

The Price of Peace
Dir. Kim Webby | New Zealand | 82 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema Politica – Fri, Aug. 5

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
Dir. Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen | USA | 95 min.
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – – Fri, Aug. 5; Sun, Aug. 7
-Vancouver, BC: Rio Theatre – Wed, Aug. 10

Sour Grapes
Dir. Jerry Rothwell, Reuben Atlas | USA/UK/France | 86 min.
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – Mon, Aug. 8; Wed, Aug. 10

Tempest Storm
Dir. Nimisha Mukerji | Canada/France/Germany | 83 min.
-Regina, SK: Regina Public Library – Fri, Aug. 5 – Sun, Aug. 7

Tickled
Dir. David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | New Zealand | 93 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Sat, Aug. 6 – Sun, Aug. 7

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe
Dir. Andrew Wakefield | USA | 90 min.
-Toronto, ON: The Kingsway – Fri, Aug. 5 – Thurs, Aug. 11

Weiner (Review 1) (Review 2)
Dir. Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg | USA | 100 min.
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Fri, Aug. 5 – Sat, Aug. 6; Tues, Aug. 9 – Thurs, Aug. 11
-Toronto, ON: Carlton Cinema – Fri, Aug. 5 – Wed, Aug. 10
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Aug. 5; Tues, Aug. 9
-Toronto, ON: The Revue – Tues, Aug. 9 – Thurs, Aug. 11

Wheel of Time
Dir. Werner Herzog | Germany/Australia/Italy | 2003 | 80 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Tues, Aug. 9

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