On This Weekend: Meet The Fokkens, Detropia & Searching for Sugar Man
We have some excellent pre-holiday films for you to see this week! We’re kicking off the weekend with a Hot Docs Festival fave, Meet The Fokkens, this Friday (runs through January 6). It’s a remarkable tale about a pair of 69-year-old twin sisters who’ve been working in the Red Light district of Amsterdam for more than 40 years. The sisters’ vitality and humour is genuinely refreshing. NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole calls it “essential viewing for those looking for authentic representation of a misrepresented profession.”
We’re also bringing back a couple of the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema’s most popular films from 2012. Detropia and Searching for Sugar Man will be making their return this weekend. So if you missed these Oscar short-listed docs the first time around, be sure to come out this week and see why both films were so popular in the first place!
Also playing this week as part of our Essential Docs series is Yung Chang’s masterful Up The Yangtze. The film became the third highest grossing Canadian documentary of all time and is still referring to as the best documentary highlighting the dramatic move to modernization in China. It’s also beautifully shot documenting the now underwater Yangtze river basin region.
This is also a special week for us at the cinema as we thank our members with an exclusive screening of Michael Apted’s 49 Up, on Wednesday, December 19. This is just one of the many perks of becoming a Friend of the Cinema member. The screening is a perfect primer for the opening of the latest installment of the Up Series, 56 Up (opens Friday, December 21). If you’re not a Bloor Hot Docs Cinema member you can still become one and enjoy the benefits right away!
- Robin Smith, Programmer, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
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