As the Toronto International Film Festival gradually unveils its programming, we’ll be providing cheat sheets with each major announcement.
Still from Errol Morris’s Tabloid courtesy of TIFF.
CATEGORY: Documentaries, i.e. those films which claim to have a greater purchase on reality than their mutated, “fictional” cousins.
HEAVY-HITTERS: The line-up of “documentary all-stars” announced today includes, most notably, films by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris. Herzog, who had two films at least year’s fest (the excellent Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and disappointing My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done), premieres his new documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams—a look inside the Chauvet caves of southern France, home to pictures of humankind dating back some thirty thousand years. Also, the film is in 3-D, just as prehistoric man intended. Meanwhile, Errol Morris traces a former beauty queen’s quest for true love in Tabloid.
Another doc heavy included in TIFF this year is Frederick Wiseman, whose Boxing Gym takes us inside an Austin, Texas fight club. And though you may not be familiar with Thom Zimny (unless you track the names of people who splice together concert footage for Phish DVDs, or are Thom Zimny’s mom), you sure as heck have heard of Bruce Springsteen. Zimny’s The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town documents the Boss’s fourth album (which, though quite good, is no The Wild, the Innocent & the E-Street Shuffle) and will be opening in a Gala spot.
OF NOTE: You may know Jørgen Leth best for the thorough gear-grinding Lars Trier gave him in The Five Obstructions, but Erotic Man sees Leth on his own, trekking across the world to discover the nature of the erotic. Docs about Eliot Spitzer (Alex Gibney’s Client 9), financial meltdowns (Charles Ferguson’s provocatively-titled Inside Job), and women in art (Lynn Hershman Leeson’s !Women Art Revolution–A Secret History) round out the documentary line-up, most of which screens as part of the Real to Reel program.
EVEN MORE: Today TIFF also announced the roster for the tenth annual Wavelengths experimental film program, curated by Andréa Picard, which you can read about here.