As mentioned yesterday, Toronto announced it's Real to Reel documentary film slate and the list is impressive. In addition to the latest film from Gunner Palace directors Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker and Devil's Playground filmmaker Lucy Walker, the slate features world premieres from around the world and a few notable films that have screened previously.
Brian Brooks summed up the line-up for Indiewire yesterday.
Here's the full list (descriptions via the festival press release):
AMERICAN HARDCORE (USA, Canadian premiere)
Directed by Paul Rachman
The film explores how the vibrant hardcore punk rock scene of the early 1980s gave birth to much of the rock music and culture to follow, only to become a lost subculture.
(Premiered at Sundance 2006)
BLINDSIGHT (UK, world premiere)
Directed by Lucy Walker
The film chronicles the astonishing journey of an endearing group of blind Tibetan teenagers as they attempt to climb a section of Mount Everest, led by famed blind climber Erik Weihenmayer.
THIS FILTHY WORLD (USA, world premiere)
Directed by Jeff Garlin
A chronicle of cult filmmaker John Waters' one-man show. A hilarious and frank look at the way he views the world, Waters leads audiences from his earliest influences, to career highlights and current battles with the mainstream.
GHOSTS OF CITÉ SOLEIL (Denmark/Haiti/USA, world
Directed by Asger Leth
A gripping profile of two brothers, both leaders in Haiti's secret army of slum gangs during the last months of Aristide's presidency, and featuring the music and presence of Wyclef Jean.
IRAN: UNE RÉVOLUTION CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUE (France,
Directed by Nader Takmil Homayoun
The film traces the modern day history of Iran through its powerful cinema. In this dazzling work, the audience is treated to interviews with Iranian directors and prominent film personalities, as well as excerpts from highly-regarded and influential films made before, during and after the revolution.
THE KILLER WITHIN (USA, world premiere)
Directed by Macky Alston
A respected psychology professor Bob Bechtel shares a dark secret of his past - an attempted murderous shooting spree in his college dorm 50 years prior. The film follows his daughter Carrah as she tries to cope with this information.
KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON (USA, world premiere)
Directed by AJ Schnack
The film intimately traces the rock star's life from his hometown of Aberdeen to his famed days with Nirvana in Seattle. Drawing on over 25 hours of previously unreleased audio interviews, Schnack attempts to rediscover the man behind the myth.
LAKE OF FIRE (USA, world premiere)
Directed by Tony Kaye
The film documents the American divide on the issue of abortion. Fifteen years in the making, this dramatic work weaves insightful interviews with extraordinary historical footage for an in-depth exploration of the controversial 'Right to Life' versus 'Right to Choose' debate.
MADE IN JAMAICA (France/USA, world premiere)
Directed by Jerome Laperrousaz weaves beautiful and uplifting music with authentic images of Jamaican life, recounting the personal stories and struggles of reggae and dance hall artists who have made it out of their native ghetto and into the global spotlight.
LIFE AS A TERRORIST: THE STORY OF HANS-JOACHIM KLEIN (Netherlands,
North American premiere)
Directed by Alexander Oey
The film explores the reasons why one individual made his way down a path of violence and radicalism to become a terrorist.The film chronicles Klein's years as a militant, during which time he was involved in the taking of hostages from the OPEC Headquarters in Vienna in 1975, an operation led by Carlos 'The Jackal.'
OFFICE TIGERS (UK, world premiere)
Directed by Liz Mermin
South Indian yuppies and their hard-charging American bosses are under the microscope in a real-life version of "The Office." The film sees young Indian professionals working in an American-owned outsourcing company, learning the rules of corporate culture.
THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA (UK/Austria/Netherlands, North American premiere)
Directed by Sophie Fiennes'
A filmic feast of sublime clips from Chaplin to BLUE VELVET, Hitchcock to THE MATRIX. Guided by philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek, the film explores the hidden meanings behind some of the greatest movies ever made.
PRIMO LEVI'S JOURNEY (Italy, world premiere)
Directed by Davide Ferrario
The non-fiction road movie follow in the footsteps of Holocaust survivor and scholar Primo Levi, retracing Levi's return trip from Auschwitz to Torino.
THE PRISONER OR: HOW I PLANNED TO
KILL TONY BLAIR (Germany/USA, world premiere)
Directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker
Using a comic book motif to tell the story of an Iraqi cameraman's wrongful arrest and interrogation by American forces, the film paints a humanizing portrait of a man facing false accusations and dire situations, including a stay at Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison. (Screening with this film is the short film SARI'S MOTHER (USA/Iraq, world premiere) from Sundance triple-award-winning documentary filmmaker James Longley (IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS).)
RADIANT CITY (Canada, world Premiere)
Directed by Gary Burns and Jim Brown
The film investigates the allure and reality of life in communities that lay beyond the city. Following the daily routine of the Moss family as they commute, work and play as well as interviewing social experts on the history and legacy of suburbia, RADIANT CITY takes a wry, informative and always entertaining look at living in the 'burbs.
REMEMBERING ARTHUR (Canada, world premiere)
Directed by Martin Lavut
The life and work of multi-award winning and Oscar® nominated Canadian filmmaker Arthur Lipsett is remembered in this intimate documentary. Martin Lavut, a close friend of the innovative and legendary Montreal-born artist, explores Lipsett's creative genius and influence on the world of filmmaking before his tragic suicide in 1986. REMEMBERING ARTHUR will be preceded by Lipsett's bold and brilliant first film VERY NICE, VERY NICE (1961), a wry and cynical commentary on modern life told in a rapid-fire montage style.
THE SESSION IS OPEN (Italy, international
Directed by Vincenzo Marra's
Viewers are invited to look in on the daily life of three empowered individuals, working in the Court of Naples, as they attempt to bring down a mafia-like criminal organization.
SHAME (USA/Pakistan, world premiere)
Directed by Mohammed Naqvi
The film follows one Pakistani woman's break of silence against men from an upper-caste tribe. After Mukhtaran Mai is raped and publicly shamed while trying to defend her brother, she braves a trip outside her village to file a formal police complaint in hopes of bringing her more privileged assailants to justice, garnering the attention of the international media along the way.
L'ESPRIT DES LIEUX (Canada, world premiere)
Directed by Catherine Martin
The film follows the itinerary of Hungarian-Quebecois photographer Gabor Szilasi as he returns to the Quebec region of Charlevoix, a site he photographed in 1970 to capture the last remnants of a fading rural way of life. Returning to the region, Szilasi takes stock of the places and people that have disappeared from Charlevoix and contemplates the spirit that remains.
THE SUGAR CURTAIN (France/Spain/Cuba, world premiere)
Directed by Camila Guzmán Urzúa
A look back on the Cuban revolution through the eyes of those who were born and raised within it.
SUMMERCAMP! (USA, Canadian
Directed by Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price
The film follows campers aged between six and 15 as they form friendships, fight homesickness and gossip about their prescribed mood-altering medications. Featuring music by The Flaming Lips, this endearing film explores the agony and ecstasy of life in the unique and temporary communities of summer camps.
(Premiered at SXSW with a sneak preview at True/False 2006)
THESE GIRLS (Egypt)
Directed by Tahani Rached
The film chronicles the daily struggles of adolescent girls living in defiance of Egyptian social models on the streets of Cairo.
TOI, WAGUIH (France, Canadian
Directed by Namir Abdel Messeeh
The struggling relationship between the filmmaker and his father, a former communist political prisoner in Egypt in the early 1960s.
THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON (USA, North American premiere)
Directed by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld
The film traces John Lennon's transformation from revolutionary musician to anti-war activist and promoter of peace in the riveting , a film that reveals the truth behind how and why the U.S. government tried to silence him.
YOKOHAMA MARY (Japan, international premiere)
Directed by Takayuki Nakamura
Well-known to street dwellers as an infamous prostitute for over 50 years who painted her face white and lived on the streets, no one came to know the real name of Yokohama Mary . A real-life Memoirs of a Geisha, the film looks into the mysterious disappearance of this eccentric old woman as one man scrambles to find her before he dies of cancer.
The festival will also host its first documentary gala screening in more than a decade as it screens the world premiere of two-time Oscar winner Barbara Koppel and Cecilia Peck's Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing.