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Kevin Pang

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Best of Hot Docs 2015
Director: Kevin Pang


Jun 12 06:30 pm

From inspiration to opening night, For Grace follows renowned American chef Curtis Duffy as he strives to overcome adversity in his personal life to build his dream restaurant.

"If there were a Michelin guide for documentaries, Chicago filmmakers Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski likely would earn three stars for their fascinating portrait of master chef Curtis Duffy, an intensely driven perfectionist who devotes his heart and soul to designing, building, staffing and opening his own high-end restaurant. This is a slickly produced and shrewdly insightful piece of work, and the story behind the story of Duffy’s single-minded obsession provides uncommonly compelling emotional heft." Joe Leydon, Variety

"A masterful look at the demons that often drive the best. Go see this movie!" Steve Cavendish, Nashville Scene

"The surprising and disarming power of For Grace can’t be understated… tands head and shoulders above even its closest of comparable films." Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene

Christian Petzold

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2014
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Christian Petzold


May 28 06:30 pm

1945. Concentration camp survivor Nelly (Nina Hoss) makes her way back to Berlin to track down her husband Johnny. But her face has been reconstructed and he sees only a resemblance to the woman he believes is dead. Instead he proposes that she pose as his wife so that they can claim her inheritance. She decides to play along with the scam… Imagine Vertigo crosswired with one of Fassbinder’s post-war melodramas, Lola, say. This is part love story, part psychological thriller, and of course another artistic exorcism of Germany’s collective guilt over the Holocaust, It’s also one of the most compelling and complex movies you are likely to encounter this year.

"This is an amazing piece of work that transcends historical document to become art. Using the filmic language of noir, Petzold crafts a story of a culture caught in the aftermath of horror." Brian Tallerico,

Julian Pinder

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2015
Best of Hot Docs 2015
Director: Julian Pinder


Jun 14 08:00 pm

In this cinematically stylish comedy, the Wichita foothills stand in for Jerusalem as a small Christian community that has reenacted Christ’s Passion for 88 years grapples with the news that the paperboy playing Jesus is a Buddhist.