Insider looks at the making of Arcade Fire's Reflektor, the upheaval at Russia's famed Bolshoi Ballet, the brutal attacks at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the extraordinary life of youth activist Malala Yousafzai will all screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Festival organizers released on Tuesday further programming details for the upcoming edition, which marks the festival's 40th anniversary.
The Reflektor Tapes, a British production directed by Kahlil Joseph, explores the making of Quebec group Arcade Fire's hit album.
It's just one of several music documentaries slated for this year's bill, with others focussing on R&B singer Sharon Jones' battle with cancer (Miss Sharon Jones!), classical legend Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble (The Music of Strangers), the life of rock legend Janis Joplin (Janis: LIttle Girl Blue) and the recording of Aretha Franklin's bestselling Amazing Grace album (Amazing Grace).
Other prominent docs reflect on global current events. Titles newly headed for TIFF include:
- Bolshoi Babylon, directed by Nick Read
- Je Suis Charlie, directed by Emmanuel and Daniel Leconte
- He Named Me Malala, directed by Davis Guggenheim
- Sherpa, directed by Jennifer Peedom
- In Jackson Heights, directed by Frederick Wiseman
Programmers also released details for several other festival lineups, including Vanguard, Midnight Madness and Masters of Cinema (with the latter including new films from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wim Wenders and Jafar Panahi).
TIFF's classics program will screen a new, digitally restored version of Julian Roffman's The Mask (Eyes of Hell), the first feature-length horror film and first 3D film made in Canada, as well as Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winning Harlan County, USA, the noted director's debut doc and one of the movies that screened at the festival's inaugural edition in 1976.
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The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 10-20.