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TIFF ’17: “Faces Places,” “Mrs. Fang” added to doc lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival has added new docs to its 2017 lineup, including Faces Places (pictured) from JR and Agnes Varda. The doc took home the Golden Eye doc award earlier this ...
August 15, 2017

The Toronto International Film Festival has added new docs to its 2017 lineup, including Faces Places (pictured) from JR and Agnes Varda. The doc took home the Golden Eye doc award earlier this year in Cannes.

Also added to the roster of films for the 42nd festival is director Wang Bing’s Mrs. Fang, a film about a dying elderly woman in southern China. The doc recently took home the Golden Leopard award at the 70th Locarno Festival in Switzerland.

Michael Jackon’s 1982 music video Thriller in 3D will be part of the gala and special presentation lineup, followed by the behind-the-scenes doc Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller from director Jerry Kramer.

TIFF previously announced its Canadian programming slate, as well as the 23 docs already expecting to take part in the festival, including Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! from Morgan Spurlock and Jed Rothstein’s The China Hustle, executive produced by Alex Gibney and Frank Marshall. 

The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 7 to 17.

The new doc additions are listed below with descriptions provided from TIFF.

MASTERS

Faces Places (Visages Villages), Agnès Varda, JR
France
Canadian Premiere
French master Agnès Varda collaborates with mysterious street artist JR in this wondrous travelogue, in which the duo travel through small villages in the French countryside and immortalize the faces of those they meet in immense public murals.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION 

Making of Michael Jackson’s ThrillerJerry Kramer
USA
North American Premiere
A new, digitally remastered version of Jerry Kramer’s 1983 documentary chronicling the creation of Michael Jackson’s epic and epochal music video.

WAVELENGTHS

Caniba, Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
France
North American Premiere
Filmmaking-anthropologist duo Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Leviathan) return to Wavelengths with this complex and deeply disturbing interview-portrait of Issei Sagawa, the notorious Japanese cannibal now living a reclusive life as a paralytic and seeking atonement for his gruesome crimes.

Good Luck, Ben Russell
France/Germany
North American Premiere
Ben Russell continues his explorations in speculative ethnography with this bifurcated study of two mines: a subterranean, state-owned and-operated copper mine in Serbia, and a small-scale, collective-run open-air gold mine in Suriname, restoring visibility to an often unseen labor force.

Mrs. Fang, Wang Bing
France/China/Germany
North American Premiere
Documentarian Wang Bing (West of the Tracks, Three Sisters) returns with this deeply affecting visual document of a dying elderly woman in a little village in southern China.

More to come

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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