TIFF10: Real to Reel Thoughts

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. 

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).