TIFF ’16: “Voyage of Time,” “Fire at Sea” join roster

Terrence Malick's Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (pictured), Gianfranco Rosi's Berlinale winner Fire at Sea and Ulrich Seidl's Safari will screen at the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival.
August 16, 2016

Terrence Malick’s IMAX-backed documentary Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (pictured) is headed to Toronto following its world premiere in Venice.

The highly anticipated film is among the latest doc additions to the Toronto International Film Festival’s slate, as is Gianfranco Rosi’s Berlinale winner Fire at Sea.

In Voyage of Time, the reclusive auteur examines the birth of the universe and the existence of life on earth by melding effects with scientific research and original footage. The doc will have its North American premiere in the festival’s Special Presentations program.

TIFF will screen the 90-minute version narrated by Cate Blanchett that will debut at the Venice International Film Festival. A 40-minute version narrated by Brad Pitt will open in cinemas on October 7.

Meanwhile, distributor Films We Like is bringing Italian director Rosi’s look at the refugee crisis, Fire at Sea, to Toronto for its Canadian premiere. The film, which will screen in TIFF’s Masters program, world premiered at the Berlinale in February where it picked up the Golden Bear for Best Film, the Ecumenical Jury prize, the Amnesty International film prize and the Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Jury award.

Also screening in the Masters program is Austrian director Ulrich Seidl‘s Safari, which looks at German and Austrian tourists who go trophy hunting in Africa. Billed as “a vacation movie about killing and human nature,” the doc is due to screen in competition in Venice before heading to Toronto for its North American premiere.

Chinese documentarian Wang Bing’s latest will screen in the festival’s Wavelengths program, which focuses on experimental work. Ta’ang takes viewers inside refugee camps on the Chinese border with Myanmar. The doc premiered in Berlin and will have its North American premiere in Toronto.

Other non-fiction films screening in Wavelengths include Spanish filmmaker Pere Portabella‘s General Report II. The New Abduction of Europe; Ukrainian helmer Sergei Loznitsa‘s Austerlitz, about museums in former concentration camps; and the latest from Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait director Douglas Gordon, a profile of avant-garde cinema icon Jonas Mekas, I Had Nowhere To Go.

The docs follow last week’s TIFF Docs line-up announcement, which included the latest films from Werner Herzog, Steve James, Errol Morris, Raoul Peck and The Turning Point, a climate change film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Toronto International Film Festival takes place from September 8 to 18.

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