Toronto International Film Festival announced its section of TIFF Docs presented by A&E IndieFilms, Wavelengths and Midnight Madness sections, and confirmed additions to the Special Presentation and Contemporary World Cinema programs of the fest.
"We're so proud to present the films selected for the popular programmes TIFF Docs, Wavelengths and Midnight Madness," stated Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head. "Always provocative, exhilarating and engaging, this year's offerings are guaranteed to thrill Festival audiences."
"As an audience-first film festival, mesmerizing film lovers with boundary-pushing stories is pivotal," said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head. "It's exciting that even in this exceptional time in our industry, we're able to bring such thought-provoking selections to these coveted TIFF programmes."
Of note today in the lineup is the international premiere of National Geographic's documentary Becoming Cousteau from two-time Oscar-nominated and two-time Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus ( The Farm, Angola USA , What Happened, Miss Simone? ) and Oscar-winning producers Dan Cogan ( Icarus ) Evan Hayes ( Free Solo ). The doc features never-before-seen 4K footage of Cousteau with exclusive access to the Cousteau Society Archives. Its focus will be on the inventor-explorer-environmentalist-filmmaker revolution, i.e., giving mankind the resources to explore the ocean with the Aqua Lung, calling attention to ocean pollution, and his longtime collaboration with the National Geographic Society.
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There's also Harry Wootliff's BBC Films/Picturehouse Entertainment feature drama True Things About Me starring Ruth Wilson, Tom Burke and Hayley Squires about a young woman living on the fringes of society who becomes intoxicated by a stranger who overwhelms her quiet life.
Ari Folman's animated historical feature Where is Anne Frank?, which was also at Cannes, will make its North American premiere in the Special Presentations section. The pic follows Kitty, the imaginary friend to whom Anne Frank dedicated her diary. A fiery teenager, Kitty wakes up in the near future in Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam and embarks on a journey to find Anne, who she believes is still alive, in today's Europe. While the young girl is shocked by the modern world, she also comes across Anne's legacy.
Also, TIFF has programmed NEON's Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner Titane from Julia Docournau.
Recently Canada opened its borders to U.S. Citizens on Aug. 9. Those looking to attend TIFF in person this year will need to show that they've been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-approved vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen – Johnson & Johnson – AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD) at least 14 days prior to entering the country. In addition, those going to TIFF need to meet the pre-entry test requirements; provide a digital copy of vaccination documentation; provide COVID-19-related information electronically through the ArriveCAN app prior to arrival in Canada; provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine in case border agents determine they do not meet the necessary requirements; be asymptomatic upon arrival; and participate in random COVID-19 testing. Those meeting these standards can enter Canada without having to quarantine, including the elimination of the three-night hotel quarantine policy. This allows TIFF to welcome a portion of its traditional volume of international press, industry, and talent back to the Festival as permitted by the Canadian government.
TIFF DOCS Presented by A&E IndieFilms
TIFF Docs Opening Film Attica Stanley Nelson | USA
Beba Rebeca Huntt | USA/Mexico
Becoming Cousteau Liz Garbus | USA
Burning Eva Orner | Australia
Comala Gian Cassini | Mexico
The Devil's Drivers Mohammed Abugeth, Daniel Carsenty | Qatar/France/Lebanon/Germany
Flee Jonas Poher Rasmussen | Denmark/France/Sweden/Norway
Hold Your Fire Stefan Forbes | USA
Listening to Kenny G Penny Lane | USA
Oscar Peterson: Black + White Barry Avrich | Canada
The Rescue E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USA/United Kingdom
Three Minutes – A Lengthening Bianca Stigter | Netherlands/United Kingdom
Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace Heather Hatch | Canada
Futura Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher | Italy
The Girl and the Spider ( Das Mädchen und die Spinne ) Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher | Switzerland
Wavelengths Opening Film Neptune Frost Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman | Rwanda/USA
A Night of Knowing Nothing Payal Kapadia | India/France
Ste. Anne Rhayne Vermette | Canada
The Tsugua Diaries ( Diários de Otsoga ) Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes | Portugal
The Capacity for Adequate Anger Vika Kirchenbauer | Germany
Dear Chantal ( Querida Chantal ) Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/Spain
earthearthearth Daïchi Saïto | Canada
Inner Outer Space Laida Lertxundi | Spain
Polycephaly in D Michael Robinson | USA
"The red filter is withdrawn." ( "Le-deu-pil-teo-ga Cheol-hoe-doeb-ni-da." ) Minjung Kim | South Korea
Train Again Peter Tscherkassky | Austria
After Blue ( Dirty Paradise ) Bertrand Mandico | France
DASHCAM Rob Savage | United Kingdom/USA
Saloum Jean Luc Herbulot | Senegal
Midnight Madness Opening Film Titane Julia Ducournau | France
You Are Not My Mother Kate Dolan | Ireland
Zalava Arsalan Amiri | Iran
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS Presented by Visa
Ahed's Knee ( Ha'berech ) Nadav Lapid | Israel/France/Germany
The Box ( La Caja ) Lorenzo Vigas | USA/Mexico
France Bruno Dumont | France/Germany/Italy/Belgium
Where Is Anne Frank? Ari Folman | Belgium/France/Netherlands/Luxembourg/Israel
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA Presented by Sun Life
7 Prisoners ( 7 Prisioneiros ) Alexandre Moratto | Brazil
Compartment No. 6 Juho Kuosmanen | Finland/Germany/Estonia/Russia
The Gravedigger's Wife Khadar Ayderus Ahmed | France/Somalia/Germany/Finland
Jockey Clint Bentley | USA
Small Body Laura Samani | Italy/France/Slovenia
True Things Harry Wootliff | United Kingdom
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