Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
It's Doors Open Toronto this weekend, and some of the city's movie houses are inviting wanderers to check out their innards. Both the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and The Revue are participating in DOT, and the Revue's even commissioned a short mockumentary celebrating that theatre's centenary, The Big 1-0-0, screening at regular intervals between 10 am and 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.
And after that, if you're still in a cinematic mood, there's some other stuff around town you might want to attend.
The Toronto Korean Film Festival, which runs June 22 - July 1, is holding its launch conference Saturday evening at Innis Town Hall, and following that conference with a free screening of The Kimchi Chronicles, a documentary series in which Hugh Jackman - yeah, this guy - introduces Western viewers to the joys of Korean food. The screening starts at 7:30 pm, but you'll want to arrive a little earlier to grab decent seats. And you might want to eat something beforehand, so you don't drool on the seat in front of you.
Did you find yourself overloaded during this year's Images festival, and forced to miss the opening-night gala, The Nine Muses? And did you hate yourself the next day when everyone was buzzing about how inventive and haunting John Akomfrah's visual tone poem turned out to be? Well, here's your chance to get back into the conversation; The Royal is holding an encore screening Tuesday (May 29) at 7 pm, and you can buy your ticket right now or pick it up at Soundscapes, just a block east of the theatre, at your leisure.
And if you're still in an avant-garde mood on Wednesday (May 30), TIFF's latest Free Screen program will scratch that itch with a screening of Bruce Baillie's landmark Quixote, a 45-minute experimental social study that explores the tensions within mid-60s America. It's accompanied by Baillie's contemporaneously produced All My Life, Arthur Lipsett's similarly inclined Canadian work 21-87 and Joshua Romphf's 2011 study Ride This Country, which fits nicely into the theme of the evening. Romphf will be in attendance for the screening - which is, of course, free.