Projections: The Gardener and Vancouver: No Fixed Address open at Hot Docs

The Gardener + Vancouver: No Fixed Address: With Victoria Day weekend kicking off the season for green-thumbed Torontonians, the timing couldn’t be better for The Gardener, one of two new Canadian films opening at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema this Friday. Sebastien Chabot’s film invites viewers into the horticultural wonder known as “les jardins de Quatre-Vents,” a 20-acre private garden in La Malbaie, Que., that was the lifelong passion of American venture capitalist Frank Cabot. Chabot interviewed the garden’s creator many times before he died in 2011 and the film combines its subject’s musings on his love of growing and his quest for perfection with stunning views of what he achieved. Another movie that opens for a run a few weeks after its Hot Docs debut, Vancouver: No Fixed Address delves deep into the stories of haves and have-nots coping with the challenges created by Vancouver’s overheated housing market. David Suzuki and Mayor Gregor Robertson share their insights on the crisis in this timely effort by director Charles Wilkinson. The GardenerThe Gardener and Vancouver: No Fixed AddressVancouver: No Fixed Address open May 19 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.Inside Out: Toronto’s very own LGBT film festival returns May 25-June 4 for another action-packed program of screenings, industry events and parties. Inside Out makes the most of its opening night with the Canadian premiere of a film that recently claimed major awards at the Sundance and Berlin festivals. A semi-autobiographical debut feature by British director Francis Lee, God’s Own Country is the story of a young sheep farmer in Yorkshire who numbs his emotions with binge drinking and casual encounters until he discovers a deeper connection to a Romanian migrant worker. Thanks to its rural milieu and richly nuanced characters, God’s Own Country has elicited many comparisons with Brokeback Mountain, though critics have acknowledged the more unique virtues of Lee’s movie as well. Attendees of the screening at the Lightbox can partake in Inside Out’s opening night party at Malaparte before diving into the rest of the festival’s offerings — more picks in next week’s Projections.Canadian docs on Victoria Day: To mark the birthday of its late patron, the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema teams with TIFF’s Canada on Screen program to present free Victoria Day screenings of four essentials of non-fiction filmmaking. The lineup on May 22 begins with A Married Couple, Allan King’s still-startling 1969 study of a Toronto couple’s disintegrating relationship. Another key work in the direct-cinema movement, Lonely Boy, follows with a revealing, even chilling look at Paul Anka in his first flush of fame. The patriotic slate continues with Foster Child, Metis filmmaker Gil Cardinal’s wrenching 1987 cine-memoir about his search for his biological family, and Manufacturing Consent, the 1992 Canuck doc that did much to boost the profile of American author and activist Noam Chomsky. Article Continued BelowHard Core Logo graphic novel launch: Back in 1997, visual artist and illustrator Nick Craine put his own stamp on Bruce McDonald’s much-loved punk-rock road-movie Hard Core Logo with a graphic novel adaptation. It’s now been reissued by the fine people at House of Anansi with a new introduction by Lynn Crosbie and a tear-out guitar chord book so you too can play along with the movie’s Billy Talent. On May 24, the Royal’s Stompbox program hosts a (re)launch event featuring a 35mm screening of the ever-snotty original film with McDonald in attendance. Never Be Boring: Billy Wilder: As the screenwriter and director behind such classics as Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity, Billy Wilder is one of the most legendary talents of Hollywood’s studio era, yet his life before he made those movies remains relatively little known. A new German film that makes its Toronto premiere in this weekend’s return of Doc Soup Sundays, Never Be Boring offers a comprehensive look at Wilder’s life and career both before and after he fled the Nazis in the early 1930s. Co-director Janscha Hannover participates in a Skype Q&A after the screening at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on May 21. In Brief: