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Sturk and a gang of talented Winnipeg artists basically blow up documentary conventions in ways both whimsically weird and seriously avant-garde. Using myriad forms of animation and representation, some heading toward out-and-out surrealism, they access some complicated truths.
— Alison Gillmor, Winnipeg Free Press
Rich in nostalgia, playful in narration and joyous in tone, El Toro is a masterfully crafted ode to the ties that bind.
— Aisha Jamal, Hot Docs
Sturk has crafted a truly wondrous and whimsical mixed-media collage film tribute to her family’s dearly departed diner in the bowels of old industrial Saint-Boniface. The film is a testament to Sturk’s inexhaustible creativity and strong sense of family heritage, and will be a sure delight to any fans of not only documentary film, but art in general.
— David Knipe, Programmer, Gimme Some Truth 2018

synopsis

Romance and tragedy bind eight siblings who work with their parents at their family-run truck stop diner deep in the entrails of 1960’s industrial Saint-Boniface. El Toro no longer exists between the old Canada Packers and the Union Stock Yards but does very much so in the minds of the surviving DeGagné brood.

The film El Toro rebuilds the walls, stools, and atmosphere of the restaurant, recreating a surreal, rich, and imaginative world, evoking a lost time and place through the lens of memory, nostalgia and love. And yes, animals were consumed, filmed, drawn, and animated in this hybrid documentary.

Scene, El Toro 2018

Scene, El Toro 2018

That friggen El Toro had to be the worst parking lot in the world.
— Art Lagassé