The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled a handful of documentaries, including the latest films from Igor Drljača and Wang Bing, set to premiere as part of its 18th annual Wavelengths lineup.
Anchoring the slate of docs are the world premiere of Drljača’s The Stone Speakers, which explores faith, tourism, shifting industries, and competing historical narratives in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Bing’s eight-hour film Dead Souls (pictured; North American premiere), about China’s forced re-education camps in the 1950s.
Also enjoying its North American premiere at the 43rd annual Toronto-set festival is Roberto Minervini’s 123-minute portrait of Black life in the American South in What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?, and Ghassan Halwani’s 76-minute debut feature Erased,___Ascent of the Invisible, which mediates on the thousands who disappeared during the Lebanese Civil War and their still-present absence in the lives of their loved ones.
Toronto-born Andrea Bussmann, meanwhile, makes her feature film debut at TIFF with Fausto. The 70-minute film offers a cryptic take on shapeshifting, telepathy and dealings with the devil on the Mexican seaside of Oaxaca.
Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa returns to the festival with the 127-minute found-footage film The Trial, which uses original material from a show trial conducted under Joseph Stalin’s Soviet regime in 1930s Moscow.
Finally, experimental animator Jodie Mack makes her feature debut with The Grand Bizarre, a 61-minute examination of the global circulation of textiles and patterns.
The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival takes place Sept. 6 to 16. TIFF is expected to announce its Doc Conference lineup later this week.