El Toro


Innis Town Hall Sun, Apr 28, 2019 5:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 8 Mon, Apr 29, 2019 6:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Canada
Families & Family Relationships
Labour & Working People
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Danielle Sturk
Producer(s):Danielle Sturk
Editor(s):Dany Joyal
Writer(s):Danielle Sturk
Cinematography:Gabriel Levesque
Composer:Lucille Starr
Andrina Turenne
Sound:Danielle Sturk
Dany Joyal
Dioramas:Peter C. Graham
Janelle Tougas
Illustration:Diana Thorneycroft
3D Animation:Stephanein Boulet
Phi Images


Through a wild and imaginative mix of animation, photography and live action, filmmaker Danielle Sturk brings to life the often hilarious and sometimes tragic memories of her family's time working at their mom-and-pop restaurant, El Toro. For the eight DeGagné siblings, their truck stop diner on the outskirts of Winnipeg dictated all aspects of life, including school, family and eventually romance. In nine chapters, the film explores the memories of what it was like to serve as the hub of the local community, including during the 1966 blizzard, which left customers and family members stranded overnight at the diner. Rich in nostalgia, playful in narration and joyous in tone, El Toro is a masterfully crafted ode to the ties that bind. Aisha Jamal

Canadian Spectrum program sponsored by TVO.

Included Shorts

ahkameyimo nitanis / Keep Going My Daughter (12min) More
From the Dirt (22min) More

Additional Information

  • NOW - 3 Stars, "Charming and meticulously constructed."