2018 Toronto International Film Festival: documentaries announced

August 9, 2018

Quincy Jones in "Quincy"
Quincy Jones in “Quincy” (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

The following is a press release from the Toronto International Film Festival:

The Toronto International Film Festival’s ® 2018 documentary programme presents its lineup of 27  feature-length non-fiction films, representing 19 countries. The TIFF Docs selection will open with the World  Premiere of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” a radical and humorous look at the United States under Donald  Trump. Other World Premieres include Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks’ “Quincy,” profiling musical icon Quincy  Jones; Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s “The Elephant Queen,” narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, tracing the epic  journey of an elephant herd; Billy Corben’s “Screwball,” a true-crime comedy on doping in Major League Baseball;  and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s “The Truth About Killer Robots,” investigating the lethal consequences of automation.  The TIFF Docs programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of A&E IndieFilms.

“TIFF Docs contains multiple titles poised to become the next non-fiction hits after a summer of box-office  breakouts,” said TIFF Docs Programmer Thom Powers. “Beyond the well-known directors in the lineup, look out  for newer talents that will take audiences by surprise.”

One-third of this year’s doc features are directed or co-directed by female filmmakers including TIFF Docs  closing film, Margarethe von Trotta’s Searching for Ingmar Bergman , which offers a multi-faceted look at the  Swedish auteur’s life 100 years after his birth. Women creators, trailblazers, and the #MeToo movement are  also examined within the lineup: Naziha Arebi’s “Freedom Fields,” about a Libyan women’s football team; Alex  Holmes’ “Maiden” recounts the story of the first all-women sailing crew in the “Whitbread Round the World Race”  (now the Volvo Ocean Race), skippered by Tracy Edwards; and Tom Volf’s “Maria by Callas,” narrated by Joyce DiDonato, profiles one of the major icons of the 20th century.

Grand adventures are at the heart of several docs in the selection. E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s “Free Solo” captures Alex Honnold’s unprecedented climb of El Capitan without safety ropes; Andrey Paounov’s “Walking on Water” documents the artist Christo’s project The Floating Piers ; John Chester’s “The Biggest Little  Farm” chronicles an eight-year struggle to run a family farm; and Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron’s “Ghost  Fleet”  captures a nail-biting rescue of fishermen enslaved at sea.

After directing last year’s Festival opener “Borg vs McEnroe,”  Janus Metz teams with Sine Plambech for the World Premiere of  “Heartbound,” a longitudinal study 10 years in the making about the trend of Thai women  marrying Danish men. And several documentaries represent eclectic perspectives told from around the world,  including: Rithy Panh’s “Graves Without a Name,” on the legacy of Cambodia’s genocide; Jawad  Rhalib’s  “When Arabs Danced,” on Muslim performers pushing boundaries; James Longley’s  “Angels Are Made of Light,” about a  group of Afghan children and their teachers; and Frederick Wiseman’s “Monrovia, Indiana,” about a small town in America’s Midwest.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018.

Films screening as part of the TIFF Docs programme include:

American Dharma
Errol Morris | USA/United Kingdom
North American Premiere

Angels Are Made of Light
James Longley | USA/Denmark/Norway
Canadian Premiere

The Biggest Little Farm
John Chester | USA
International Premiere

Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
Alexis Bloom | USA
World Premiere

The Elephant Queen
Victoria Stone, Mark Deeble | United Kingdom/Kenya
World Premiere

* TIFF Docs Opening Film *
Fahrenheit 11/9
Michael Moore | USA
World Premiere

Free Solo
E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USA
International Premiere

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