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Toronto Announces Documentary Titles: Frederick Wiseman, Claude Lanzmann, Errol Morris, Penn & Teller Among Highlights

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire July 30, 2013 at 10:0AM

The Toronto International Film Festival last week began its annual series of program announcements that will eventually culminate in 250+ of the most anticipated films of the year screening in Canada's largest city this September. Last week saw the festival reveal a slew of narrative films that made the cut, including opening night film "The Fifth Estate," and today sees the event unspool some of the documentaries making their world, North American and Canadian premieres at the festival.
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The Toronto International Film Festival last week began its annual series of program announcements that will eventually culminate in 250+ of the most anticipated films of the year screening in Canada's largest city this September. Last week, the festival revealed a slew of narrative films that made the cut, including opening night WikiLeaks drama "The Fifth Estate," and today the festival has announced some of the documentaries making their world, North American and Canadian premieres at the festival.

READ MORE: TIFF List 2013: A List of All The Announced Films At The Toronto International Film Festival

Among the standout docs making their world premieres: "Midway," the feature debut from Seattle based artist Chris Jordan, who documents albatrosses on Midway Island, 2,000 miles away from any continent. The almost wordless film is said to be visually striking and a standout because of the uniqueness of the author's voice. Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren's "The Dog" tracks the life of the real life bank robber behind "Dog Day Afternoon." The filmmakers spent ten years with the man to craft a fully realized portrait. And the recently acquired art documentary "Tim's Vermeer," directed by Teller, the famed magician of Penn & Teller fame, follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve how 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer managed to paint photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography.

Making their North American premieres shortly after debuting in Venice are new docs from Frederick Wiseman ("At Berkeley") and Errol Morris ("The Unknown Known: the Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld").

READ MORE: Toronto's Midnight Madness Program Sets 25th Anniversary Lineup

Head to the next page for the full list of new announcements. Also of note, TIFF still has several more documentaries that it has yet to announce, primarily in the Mavericks section, due to be revealed on August 13.

A Story of Children and Film Mark Cousins, United Kingdom North American Premiere

Ain't Misbehavin' Marcel Ophuls, France North American Premiere

At Berkeley Frederick Wiseman, USA North American Premiere

Beyond the Edge Leanne Pooley, New Zealand World Premiere

Burt's Buzz Jody Shapiro, Canada World Premiere

The Dark Matter of Love Sarah McCarthy, UK North American Premiere

The Dog Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, USA World Premiere

Faith Connections Pan Nalin, France/India World Premiere

Filthy Gorgeous: The Extraordinary World of Bob Guccione Barry Avrich, Canada World Premiere

Finding Vivian Maier Charlie Siskel and John Maloof, USA World Premiere

Hi-Ho Mistahey! Alanis Obomsawin, Canada World Premiere

Ignasi M. Ventura Pons, Spain World Premiere

Jodorowsky's Dune Frank Pavich, USA North American Premiere

The Last of the Unjust Claude Lanzmann, France/Austria North American Premiere

The Mayor Emiliano Altuna Fistolera, Mexico Canadian Premiere

Midway Chris Jordan, USA World Premiere

Mission Congo David Turner and Lara Zizic World Premiere

The Square (Al Midan) Jehane Noujaim, Egypt/USA World Premiere

Tim’s Vermeer Teller, USA World Premiere

The Unknown Known Errol Morris, USA North American Premiere

Unstable Elements Madeleine Sackler, USA World Premiere

When Jews Were Funny Allan Zweig, Canada World Premiere


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