Toronto Film Festival Unveils Documentary, Midnight, Discovery Lineups
Release Date 2019-08-09
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Author BRENT LANG


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The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its documentary, discovery, and midnight programs.


The lineup of 25 nonfiction works in the documentary category cover an array of topics and subjects — ranging from immigration to corruption in politics to Truman Capote’s rarefied social circle. The announcement comes as documentaries have become one of the most reliable sources of box office revenues for indie studios. Films such as “Free Solo” and “RBG” were among the biggest arthouse hits of 2018 and there’s a lot of interest among buyers in the films in this section. Thom Powers, TIFF Docs programmer, attributes the rising commercial prospects of these films to the ubiquity of non-fiction works on Netflix and other streaming services.


“People have developed a real appetite for documentary films similar to the way they once developed an appetite for serial television,” says Powers. “Once they started sampling, they just wanted more. With Netflix the ease of access is so much greater today than it was even 10 years ago.”


The section will open with the world premiere of “The Cave,” Feras Fayyad’s look at a Syrian hospital that is led be a female doctor. Other films include Barbara Kopple’s “Desert One,” the story of a hostage rescue mission in Iran; “The Capote Tapes,” a biography of the Southern writer behind “In Cold Blood”; “And We Go Green,” a look at racers in the Formula E competition for electric cars that was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio; and Eva Orner’s “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator,” an investigation into Bikram Choudhury, a controversial yoga teacher who was accused of sexual misconduct and assault.


Toronto’s Discovery program boasts of 37 films from emerging filmmakers who represent 35 countries. This section includes a number of works from female filmmakers — 54% of the movies selected are directed by women. The program will open with Chiara Malta’s “Simple Women,” the story of a director’s chance meeting meeting with an actor she idolized in her youth.


Ten genre and boundary pushing movies comprise the festival’s Midnight Madness lineup. They include “Color Out of Space,” an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation that stars Nicolas Cage and is directed by Richard Stanley; Rose Glass’s psychological thriller “Saint Maud”; and Joko Anwar’s “Gundala,” which is based on the Indonesian superhero comic books by Harya “Hasmi” Suraminata.


Last month, Toronto released its main competition lineup. It’s an eclectic mix of films, one that dances between animated fare, comic book adaptations, and awards season contenders. “Joker,” an R-rated look at Batman’s main antagonist; “Ford v. Ferrari,” a drama about a team of designers developing a new racing car that stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale; and “Just Mercy,” a court room drama with Michael B. Jordan are just a few of the movies that will screen in Canada.


The festival runs Sept. 5 to Sept. 15.


Films screening as part of the TIFF Docs program include:


And We Go Green 

Fisher Stevens, Malcolm Venville | USA

World Premiere


The Australian Dream 

Daniel Gordon | Australia/United Kingdom

International Premiere


Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator 

Eva Orner | USA

World Premiere


The Capote Tapes 

Ebs Burnough | United Kingdom

World Premiere


TIFF Docs Opening Film*


The Cave

Feras Fayyad | Syria/Denmark/Germany/USA/Qatar

World Premiere


Citizen K 

Alex Gibney | USA/United Kingdom

North American Premiere


Collective (Colectiv) 

Alexander Nanau | Romania/Luxembourg

North American Premiere


Coppers 

Alan Zweig | Canada

World Premiere


The Cordillera of Dreams (La Cordillera de los Sueños) 

Patricio Guzmán | France/Chile

North American Premiere


Cunningham 

Alla Kovgan | Germany/France/USA

World Premiere


Dads 

Bryce Dallas Howard | USA

World Premiere


Desert One

Barbara Kopple | USA

World Premiere


I Am Not Alone 

Garin Hovannisian | Armenia/USA

World Premiere


Ibrahim: A Fate to Define

Lina Al Abed | Lebanon/Palestine/Denmark/Qatar/Slovenia

North American Premiere


The Kingmaker 

Lauren Greenfield | USA

Canadian Premiere


Letter to the Editor 

Alan Berliner | USA

World Premiere


Love Child 

Eva Mulvad | Denmark

World Premiere


My English Cousin 

Karim Sayad | Switzerland/Qatar

World Premiere


Paris Stalingrad 

Hind Meddeb | France

International Premiere


Ready for War 

Andrew Renzi | USA

World Premiere


Red Penguins 

Gabe Polsky | USA/Russia

World Premiere


Sing Me A Song 

Thomas Balmès | France/Germany/Switzerland

World Premiere


There’s Something in the Water

Ellen Page, Ian Daniel | Canada

World Premiere


This Is Not a Movie

Yung Chang | Canada/Germany

World Premiere


Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema 

Mark Cousins | United Kingdom

World Premiere


Films screening as part of the Discovery program include:


1982

Oualid Mouaness | United States/Lebanon/Norway/Qatar

World Premiere


AFRICA 

Oren Gerner | Israel

World Premiere


The Antenna (Bina) 

Orçun Behram | Turkey

World Premiere


The Audition (Das Vorspiel) 

Ina Weisse | Germany/France

World Premiere


August (Agosto) 

Armando Capó | Cuba/Costa Rica/France

World Premiere


Black Conflux

Nicole Dorsey | Canada

World Premiere


Bring Me Home (Na-reul cha-ja-jwo) 

Kim Seung-woo | South Korea

World Premiere


A Bump Along The Way 

Shelly Love | United Kingdom

International Premiere


Calm With Horses 

Nick Rowland | United Kingdom/Ireland

World Premiere


Certified Mail (Bi Elm El Wossul) 

Hisham Saqr | Egypt

World Premiere


Comets

Tamar Shavgulidze | Georgia

World Premiere


Disco 

Jorunn Myklebust Syversen | Norway

World Premiere


Easy Land

Sanja Zivkovic | Canada

World Premiere


Entwined

Minos Nikolakakis | Greece

World Premiere


The Giant

David Raboy | USA

World Premiere


The Good Intentions (Las Buenas Intenciones)

Ana García Blaya | Argentina

World Premiere


Hearts and Bones

Ben Lawrence | Australia

International Premiere


Hope (Håp)

Maria Sødahl | Norway/Sweden

World Premiere


Kuessipan

Myriam Verreault | Canada

World Premiere


Lina from Lima

María Paz González | Chile/Argentina/Peru

World Premiere


The Lost Okoroshi

Abba Makama | Nigeria

World Premiere


Love Me Tender

Klaudia Reynicke | Switzerland

International Premiere


Murmur

Heather Young | Canada

World Premiere


My Life as a Comedian (En komikers uppväxt)

Rojda Sekersöz | Sweden/Belgium

World Premiere


Noura’s Dream

Hinde Boujemaa | Tunisia/Belgium/France

World Premiere


The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

Ali LeRoi | USA

World Premiere


Pompei

Anna Falguères, John Shank | Belgium/Canada/France

World Premiere


Raf

Harry Cepka | Canada/USA

World Premiere


The Rest of Us

Aisling Chin-Yee | Canada

World Premiere


Sea Fever

Neasa Hardiman | Ireland/Sweden/Belgium/United Kingdom

World Premiere


*Discovery Opening Film*


Simple Women

Chiara Malta | Italy/Romania

World Premiere


Sole

Carlo Sironi | Italy/Poland

International Premiere


Son-Mother (Pesar-Madar)

Mahnaz Mohammadi | Iran/Czech Republic

World Premiere


Stories From The Chestnut Woods (Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov)

Gregor Božič | Slovenia/Italy

World Premiere


Sweetness in the Belly

Zeresenay Berhane Mehari | Ireland/Canada

World Premiere


Two of Us (Deux)

Filippo Meneghetti | France/Luxembourg/Belgium

World Premiere


ZANA

Antoneta Kastrati | Albania/Kosovo

World Premiere


Films screening as part of the Midnight Madness programme include:

*Midnight Madness Opening Film*


Blood Quantum 

Jeff Barnaby | Canada

World Premiere


Color Out of Space 

Richard Stanley | USA

World Premiere


*Midnight Madness Closing Film*


Crazy World 

Isaac Nabwana | Uganda

World Premiere


First Love (Hatsukoi) 

Takashi Miike | Japan/United Kingdom

North American Premiere


Gundala 

Joko Anwar | Indonesia

International Premiere


The Platform (El Hoyo) 

Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia | Spain

World Premiere


Saint Maud

Rose Glass | United Kingdom

World Premiere


The Twentieth Century 

Matthew Rankin | Canada

World Premiere


The Vast of Night 

Andrew Patterson | USA

Canadian Premiere


The Vigil 

Keith Thomas | USA

World Premiere