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TORONTO 2022

Toronto announces TIFF Docs and Contemporary World Cinema titles

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- 11 European (co)productions are world-premiering across the two sections, which also include several international and North American premieres

Toronto announces TIFF Docs and Contemporary World Cinema titles
Manticore by Carlos Vermut

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the selection for the TIFF Docs programme and the Contemporary World Cinema programme, as well as an additional title in the Discovery programme. This line-up features titles from over 50 countries from around the world. “The films reflect the moment we live in and speak to who we are today, including highly anticipated films by veteran filmmakers from around the globe,” said Anita Lee, chief programming officer of the festival.

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The TIFF Docs section includes some eagerly-awaited films such as All the Beauty and the Bloodshed by Laura Poitras, which is also one of the surprise selections of the upcoming Venice Film Festival competition, and the new film by master Werner Herzog, Theatre of Thought, in which he sets his sights on the human brain. The European films selected are led by Mariupolis 2 [+see also:
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, by the Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius, who was killed during its shoot in the Ukrainian city, and My Imaginary Country [+see also:
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by Chilean director Patricio Guzmán; and include Ciné-Guerrillas: Scenes from the Labudovic Reels by Serbian filmmaker Mila Turajlic (The Other Side of Everything [+see also:
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), which will have its world premiere in the section. “In recent years, we witnessed numerous films launched from this section into distribution deals and Oscar nominations. This year has a rich crop for both,” said TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers

On the other side, the Contemporary World Cinema section features the world premieres of films by European auteurs such as Sparta [+see also:
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by Ulrich Seidl and Winter Boy [+see also:
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by Christophe Honoré, before they cross the Atlantic Sea to compete in San Sebastián (read news). The selection boasts other world premieres (Carlos Vermut's Manticore [+see also:
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, Klaus Hӓrӧ's My Sailor, My Love [+see also:
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, Wang Xiaoshuai's The Hotel and Emir Baigazin's Life, among others), as well as international premieres (Carolina Cavalli's Amanda [+see also:
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, coming straight from Venice's Orizzonti Extra section, and Gunnar Vikene's War Sailor [+see also:
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) and North American premieres of films coming from the main European festivals. "Through an ambitious program of more than 50 films, audiences will have the opportunity to engage with the exciting directions in which cinema can lead our understanding of a wide range of topics and human experiences,” said international programmer Diana Cadavid.

The selected films:

TIFF Docs

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues - Sacha Jenkins (USA) (opening film)
752 Is Not A Number - Babak Payami (Canada)
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed - Laura Poitras (USA)
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On - Madison Thomas (Canada)
Casa Susanna [+see also:
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- Sébastien Lifshitz (France/USA)
Ciné-Guerrillas: Scenes from the Labudovic Reels - Mila Turajlic (Serbia/France/Croatia/Montenegro)
The Colour of Ink - Brian D Johnson (Canada)
Documentary Now! - Alex Buono, Rhys Thomas, Micah Gardner (USA)
Ever Deadly - Tanya Tagaq, Chelsea McMullan (Canada)
Free Money - Sam Soko, Lauren DeFilippo (Kenya/USA)
Mariupolis 2 [+see also:
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- Mantas Kvedaravičius (Lithuania/France/Germany)
The Grab - Gabriela Cowperthwaite (USA)
In Her Hands - Tamana Ayazi, Marcel Mettelsiefen (USA/Afghanistan)
Maya and the Wave - Stephanie Johnes (USA)
Miúcha, The Voice of Bossa Nova - Daniel Zarvos, Liliane Mutti (Brazil/France)
My Imaginary Country [+see also:
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- Patricio Guzmán (Chile/France)
Patrick and the Whale [+see also:
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- Mark Fletcher (Austria)
Pray for our Sinners [+see also:
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- Sinéad O’Shea (Ireland)
Self-Portrait as a Coffee Pot - William Kentridge (South Africa/USA)
Theatre of Thought - Werner Herzog (USA)
To Kill a Tiger - Nisha Pahuja (Canada)
While We Watched - Vinay Shukla (UK)

Contemporary World Cinema

Aftersun [+see also:
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 - Charlotte Wells (UK/USA)
Alam [+see also:
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- Firas Khoury (France/Palestine/Tunisia/Saudi Arabia/Qatar)
Amanda [+see also:
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 - Carolina Cavalli (Italy)
Ashkal [+see also:
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 - Youssef Chebbi (France/Tunisia/Qatar)
Autobiography [+see also:
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- Makbul Mubarak (Indonesia/France/Singapore/Poland/Philippines/Germany/Qatar)
Beyond the Wall - Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman [+see also:
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- Pierre Földes (France/Luxembourg/Canada/Netherlands)
Bones of Crows - Marie Clements (Canada)
Coyote - Katherine Jerkovic (Canada)
Domingo and the Mist - Ariel Escalante Meza (Costa Rica/Qatar)
El agua [+see also:
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- Elena López Riera (Switzerland/Spain/France)
The End of Sex - Sean Garrity (Canada)
EO [+see also:
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 - Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland/Italy)
Falcon Lake [+see also:
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- Charlotte Le Bon (Canada/France)
Fixation [+see also:
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- Mercedes Bryce Morgan (Canada/USA/Germany)
Godland [+see also:
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 - Hlynur Pálmason (Denmark/Iceland/France/Sweden)
The Happiest Man in the World [+see also:
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- Teona Strugar Mitevska (North Macedonia/Belgium/Slovenia/Denmark/Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The Hotel - Wang Xiaoshuai (Hong Kong)
La Jauría [+see also:
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- Andrés Ramírez Pulido (Colombia/France)
Life - Emir Baigazin (Kazakhstan)
Living [+see also:
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 - Oliver Hermanus (UK)
Love and Mathematics - Claudia Sainte-Luce (Mexico)
Love Life [+see also:
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interview: Kōji Fukada
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- Koji Fukada (Japan/France)
Luxembourg, Luxembourg [+see also:
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interview: Antonio Lukich
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- Antonio Lukich (Ukraine)
The Maiden - Graham Foy (Canada)
Manticore [+see also:
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- Carlos Vermut (Spain)
Muru - Tearepa Kahi (New Zealand)
My Sailor, My Love [+see also:
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- Klaus Hӓrӧ (Finland/Ireland)
Nightalk - Donald Shebib (Canada)
North of Normal - Carly Stone (Canada)
The Origin of Evil [+see also:
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- Sébastien Marnier (France/Canada)
Plan 75 [+see also:
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- Chie Hayakawa (Japan/France/Philippines/Qatar)
Return to Dust - Li Ruijun (China)
R.M.N. [+see also:
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- Cristian Mungiu (Romania/France)
So Much Tenderness - Lina Rodriguez (Canada)
Sparta [+see also:
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 - Ulrich Seidl (Austria/France/Germany)
Stellar - Darlene Naponse (Canada)
Stonewalling - Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka (Japan)
The Swearing Jar - Lindsay MacKay (Canada)
The Umbrella Men - John Barker (South Africa)
Under the Fig Trees [+see also:
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- Erige Sehiri (Tunisia/Switzerland/France/Qatar)
Valeria Is Getting Married - Michal Vinik (Israel)
Victim [+see also:
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 - Michal Blaško (Slovak Republic/Czech Republic/Germany)
Vicenta B. [+see also:
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- Carlos Lechuga (Cuba/France/USA/Colombia/Norway)
War Sailor [+see also:
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- Gunnar Vikene (Norway/Germany/Malta)
We Are Still Here - Beck Cole, Dena Curtis, Tracey Rigney, Danielle MacLean, Tim Worrall, Renae Maihi, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Richard Curtis, Chantelle Burgoyne (Australia/New Zealand)
Wildflower - Matt Smukler (USA)
Winter Boy [+see also:
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- Christophe Honoré (France)
The Worst Ones [+see also:
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- Romane Gueret, Lise Akoka (France)
Zwigato - Nandita Das (India)

Discovery (addition to the section, already unveiled - read news)

Bruiser - Miles Warren (USA)

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