As I've said in the past, I am not someone to rush out and watch a ton of documentaries, even though I love nearly every single one I see. So, when today's list of 23 documentaries that will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival was announced I didn't exactly rush to check it out, although now upon giving it a once over I see there is a lot to look out for.
As for the obvious titles that are sure to generate the most buzz you have Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which follows Herzog inside the Chauvet caves of southern France where he uses 3D technology to take us back in time over 30,000 years. I saw most of Charles Ferguson's Inside Job at Cannes, but couldn't keep my eyes open and had to bail before it ended and I am anxious to check out Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.
Thom Zimny's Bruce Springsteen doc, The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, follows Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as they record of their fourth album and Errol Morris's Tabloid following former Miss Wyoming on a quest for true love takes her across the globe and onto the pages of tabloid newspapers may be interesting.
Tears of Gaza from Vibeke Lokkegerg sounds devastating as it details the impact the 2008-2009 bombings of Gaza had on the civilian population. Another interesting feature may be Christophe Nick and Thomas Bornot's The Game of Death, which looks to be an extension of the Milgram experiment, but instead of an authority figure telling you what to do it's your own brain. The setting of this one is a modern television game show where we see how far people will go to inflict pain on a contestant who stands to win one million dollars. This one actually already made the news cycle back in March. Here are a couple of video reports and a look at what the documentary entails:
With all that said, here is a complete list of the documentaries that will be playing at the festival. If you would like more information on each title you can browse the complete press release right here. For a look at the previously announced titles click here, and be sure to stay tuned.
I will be heading to Toronto for the Festival from September 9-16 and will be giving you several more previews for all the titles in the festival over the course of the coming weeks. Now, for the documentaries...
- The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (dir. Thom Zimny), USA
- Erotic (dir. Man Jørgen Leth), Denmark
- Nostalgia for the Light (dir. Patricio Guzmán), France/Germany/Chile
REAL TO REEL
- ANPO (dir. Linda Hoaglund), Japan/USA
- Armadillo (dir. Janus Metz), Denmark
- Boxing Gym (dir. Frederick Wiseman), USA
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams (3D) (dir. Werner Herzog), USA
- Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (dir. Alex Gibney), USA
- Cool It (dir. Ondi Timoner), USA
- The Game of Death (dir. Christophe Nick and Thomas Bornot), France
- Genpin (dir. Naomi Kawase), Japan
- Guest Jose (dir. Luis Guerin), Spain
- Inside Job (dir. Charles Ferguson), USA
- Machete Maidens Unleashed! (dir. Mark Hartley), Australia
- Mother of Rock: Lillian Roxon (dir. Paul Clarke), Australia
- Pink Saris (dir. Kim Longinotto), UK
- The Pipe (dir. Risteard O Domhnaill), Ireland
- Precious Life (dir. Shlomi Eldar), Israel
- The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical (dir. Sarah McCarthy), United Kingdom
- Tabloid (dir. Errol Morris), USA
- Tears of Gaza (dir. Vibeke Lokkegerg), Norway
- Windfall (dir. Laura Israel), USA
SPROCKETS FAMILY ZONE
- Make Believe (dir. J. Clay Tweel), USA