Toronto Fest Sets Slate of 27 Docs for 28th Annual Fest
by Eugene Hernandez
A total of 27 docs are set to screen at the 28th Toronto International Film Festival, 18 of which will be making a premiere at the festival. Twenty-one feature documentary films and one short will screen in the annual Real to Reel section of the event. Organizers unveiled the non-fiction program one week before they will announce the full festival lineup. The event will run September 4-14 in Toronto.
Errol Morris' "The Fog of War," from Sony Pictures Classics, will have its North American premiere in Toronto, following screenings in Cannes in May. The film is a profile of controversial U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. Ron Mann's "Further," also a special presentation, will have its Canadian premiere in Toronto. It follows actor/activist Woody Harrelson on his Simple Organic Living tour along the Pacific Coast. The film debuted earlier this year at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Among the docs set to screen in Real to Reel are the world premiere of Thom Anderson's "Los Angeles Plays Itself," in which the filmmaker explores the history of the city as told through fictional films. The festival offers another look at Los Angeles with "The Mayor of the Sunset Strip," a new doc from George Hickenlooper. The project profiles legendary L.A. radio DJ Rodney Bingenheimer who debuted such bands as The Ramones, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Nirvana, and Coldplay on his popular "Rodney on the ROQ" show on KROQ.
Lars von Trier will debut a doc project, directed with Jorgen Leth. The project, entitled "The Five Obstructions," captures von Trier's challenge to Leth to remake his own short film, "The Perfect Human," five times.
Other selections include Jonathan Demme's profile of militant Haitian journalist and activist Jean Dominique, "The Agronomist," and Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," about the temporary coup that deposed Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
Chris Smith and Sarah Price, the team behind the popular doc "American Movie," will debut "The Yes Men," a look at a group of culture-jammers who are noted for their "elaborate feats of deception." Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl ("Dog Days") will have the North American premiere of "Jesus, You Know," a look at six subjects and their relationship to Jesus.
Other docs set to screen include Mark Moormann's "Tom Dowd and the Language of Music," which was recently acquired by Palm Pictures, Ross McElwee's "Bright Leaves," Tom Zubrycki's "Molly and Mobarak," Bob Smeaton's "Festival Express," Vikram Jayanti's "Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine," Rithy Panh's "S21, La Machine de Mort Khmere Rouge," Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni's "The Story of a Weeping Camel," Li Ying's "Dream Cuisine," Nick Broomfield's "Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer," Albertina Carri's "The Blonds," Mercedes Moncada's "The Passion of Maria Elena," Tom Peosay's "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion," Wang Bing's "West of the Tracks," and Pimmi Pande's short, "Destiny's Children."
Previously announced docs set to screen in Toronto include Allan King's "Dying at Grace," Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott's "The Corporation," Gil Cardinal's "Totem," Jeff Stephenson and Jason Tan's "Flyerman," Ann Marie Fleming's "The Magical Life of Long Track Sam," and Jose Padilha's "Bus 174," which will be released by ThinkFilm.