The Miracle of The Little Prince finds Dutch documentarian Marjoleine Boonstra travelling the world to profile dedicated translators who use Antoine de Saint-Exupéry timeless and overwhelmingly emotional novel to help keep dying, frequently less spoken and documented languages alive.
A multilayered look at Indigenous issues in Canada, one family’s painful fight for justice, and emboldened racism in the age of social media, Hot Docs’ 2019 opening film nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up looks at the bigger picture behind one of the most controversial murder trials in recent memory.
Densely packed with the intricate details surrounding Brazil’s current political nightmare (and, by natural extension and comparison, similar governmental scandals playing out around the world), The Edge of Democracy is a lot to take in during a single sitting, but also one of the most vital and cautionary documentaries of the year.
Thrilling throughout, occasionally heartbreaking, and sometimes even darkly comedic, Midnight Family, director Luke Lorentzen’s verite look at Mexico’s broken healthcare system, is a modern day parable about the dangers of increased privatization and the corruption that takes root where governmental oversight used to be.
First time feature documentary director Rebecca Stern’s humorous and empathetic Well Groomed takes a look at the niche world of creative dog grooming; the art of dying the hair of pooches different colours and shaving intricate designs and characters into their fur.
Director Miranda de Pencier and Indigenous actors Paul Nutarariaq and Anna Lambe talk about the true story behind the Canadian film, The Grizzlies.
Writer, director, and stop motion animator Chris Butler has spent the better part of fifteen years working on his latest film, Missing Link (in theatres everywhere now), a labour of love about a sweet, naive primate and his friendship with an arrogant Victorian era adventurer that harkens back to the kinds of films he loved while growing up.
Texan filmmaker John Lee Hancock is no stranger to tackling often uncelebrated and sometimes controversial historical figures, but the subjects of his latest reality based project, The Highwaymen (premiering on Netflix on Friday, March 29 and currently seeing a limited run at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto), have been stuck in the omnipresent shadows of the criminals they helped capture in 1934.
Toronto’s iconic Fairmont Royal York hotel celebrates its 90th anniversary this summer, and in honour of the special occasion, the hotel is preparing to unveil a number of changes, from the lobby experience to the guest suites, and the food.
This year’s Canadian Film Festival closes with Jaren Hayman’s well rounded documentary, This is North Preston, a look at what rightfully and wrongfully is one of Canada’s most maligned, feared, and somewhat misunderstood communities.