The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has unveiled this year’s final documentary selections via its ‘Mavericks’ line-up, including a doc produced by and starring actor Javier Bardem (pictured), set in Northern Africa.
Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony, from director Álvaro Longoria, sees Bardem exploring the current political turmoil in Northern Africa, “and the role of the Western world’s realpolitik foreign policies,” according to TIFF.
Following the screening of the film, which will be a North American premiere, Bardem will join Longoria onstage to discuss his determination to bring the cause of Saharan refugees to the attention of the UN Assembly.
Elsewhere, the ‘Mavericks’ line-up includes the world premiere of Inventing David Geffen, an ‘American Masters’ documentary which is set to air on PBS in the U.S. in November.
The film looks at the reclusive Geffen, a Hollywood and Broadway producer who founded Asylum and Geffen Records, and co-founded DreamWorks SKG. Following the screening, Geffen while take part in a Q&A with ‘American Masters’ creator and exec producer Susan Lacy, as well as TIFF programmer Thom Powers, who oversees doc and ‘Maverick’ titles.
Among the other titles unveiled today, Tom Donahue’s Casting By looks at the role of the Hollywood casting director, paying tribute to “one of the most overlooked and least understood crafts in filmmaking.”
The doc features interviews with stars and filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close and Robert Duvall, and the world premiere will be followed by an onstage chat with Donahue, actor Danny Glover, and casting director Ellen Lewis (Hugo, Hyde Park on Hudson).
Meanwhile, from director Sophie Fiennes comes The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology. The film, featuring philosopher Slavoj Žižek, is a sequel to The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, and looks at “film clips, both famous and obscure, for their overt and hidden ideological implications, tracing their connections to current times,” according to TIFF.
Finally, TIFF will this year play host to the Canadian premiere of Amy Berg’s West of Memphis, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Following the screening, Powers will moderate a Q&A with Berg, producers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, musician Natalie Maines, and actor Johnny Depp.
“Daring filmmakers, philanthropic trailblazers, political activists and provocative storytellers fill the diverse slate of talent in this year’s program,” said Powers in a statement. “The festival’s ‘Mavericks’ sessions offer audiences a rare experience into the minds of these creative leaders and a fascinating glimpse into their remarkable stories.”