The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival is only about two and a half weeks away and I thought that I will continue my highlights from the various programmes by looking at some standout picks from the Real to Reel documentary programme. Thanks partially to a course I took on the genre, I’ve recently acquired an increased interest in documentaries and I am sure that I’ll try to check out a couple of these films during the festival.
Tabloid – Errol Morris, USA
If there is any documentary director that I’ve become a fan of, it’s Errol Morris. Some would argue the Morris’ films are better classified as non-fiction, rather than documentary, because of his habit of using re-enactments. Either way, this film, which explores tabloid newspapers should be quite interesting.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams – Werner Herzog, USA
A 3D documentary by Werner Herzog. That’s enough to sell me on this film, which explores the Chauvet caves of southern France.
Boxing Gym – Fredrick Wiseman, USA
Wiseman is particularly well-known for his cinema verite films with simple titles. His latest subject is a boxing gym is Austin, Texas, which should make for some intriguing viewing.
The Game of Death – Christophe Nick, Thomas Bornot, France
This film about torture-experiment from the 60s adapted into a game show format, sounds a lot more like a horror film than a documentary. It is for this reason that I am quite interested in the film.
Windfall – Laura Israel, USA
You need at least one environmental documentary. This film looking into the darkside of wind turbines.
And those I my picks from the Real to Reel programme. The full schedule is released tomorrow and my TIFF-related posts will increase as we head closer to the start of the festival on September 9.