On This Week: The Fruit Hunters, Ping Pong, Detropia and Pitch!
A heart-warming film from the UK, Ping Pong follows a group of seniors competing in an over-80s ping pong tournament in Mongolia. Each participant has their own story about why table tennis is so important to them at this stage in their life, but it’s the 100-year-old from Australia that really steals the show. Ping Pong is an amazing take on growing old gracefully and a true testament to keep active (both physically and spiritually) as one gets older.
Award-winning director Yung Chang’s (Up The Yangtze and China Heavyweight) latest feature documentary The Fruit Hunters also premieres on Friday. The film focuses on the obsessions of a collection of adventurers who travel the world in search of long-lost and forgotten varieties of fruit. It’s a delicious journey with mouth-watering results! Director Yung Chang will participate in a Skype Q&A following the Saturday, November 24 screening. Co-writer Mark Slutsky and author Adam Gollner will participate in post-screening discussions on Friday and Saturday night.
We’re bringing back the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema hit Detropia this weekend as part of our Encore series. The film generated rave reviews and drew huge crowds when it opened here in October, so if you missed it, you can catch it this Saturday or Sunday.
This weekend we’re also celebrating the 15th anniversary of the documentary Pitch. Directors Kenny and Spenny (also actors and comedians) present their classic film on Sunday, November 25, at 3:45 p.m. Be sure not to miss this great screening and exciting reunion!
- Robin Smith, Programmer, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
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