A number of documentary titles have been added to the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2019 slate.
TIFF revealed the latest lineup for its Wavelengths, Contemporary World Cinema and Masters programs today (Aug. 13), less than a week after the festival unveiled its documentary selection, which included 25 non-fiction works covering artistic achievement, journalism, immigration and global politics.
Comprising 37 titles, the Wavelengths program includes four programs of experimental short films, two curated pairings and 10 features.
The section’s 12 feature-length documentary films include: Hassen Ferhani’s 143 Sahara Street, about an off-the-grid cafe in the Sahara Desert; Sergei Loznitsa’s State Funeral, about Joseph Stalin’s 1953 funeral; Burak Çevik’s A Topography of Memory, about the 2015 Turkish general elections; and Vever (For Barbara), director Deborah Stratman’s intergenerational tribute to feminist icons of experimental film, among others.
“As we approach the 20th anniversary of Wavelengths, one can discern an important shift in formal language and experimentation, and an even wider range of artistic expression, which reflects — in some cases seriously, and others surprisingly playfully — a refusal to be contained, confined, or even labeled,” said program curator Andréa Picard in a statement. “The films in this year’s program perfectly exemplify the essential role art plays in resistance and resilience, but also in our capacity for imagination.”
The 2019 Contemporary World Cinema program, meanwhile, focuses on fractured families, self-exploration, female-driven narratives and the consequences of social and political crises. Director Pat Collins will premiere his film Henry Glassie: Field Work (pictured), which follows the worldwide travels and unique cultural finds of renowned folklorist Henry Glassie, under the program.
TIFF’s Masters program lineup includes 11 films across narrative and documentary features. The lone documentary in the category is the previously announced documentary Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger from filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, which tells the story of Jordan River Anderson, whose healthcare struggles led to the creation of “Jordan’s Principle,” the promise that no First Nations children would experience inequitable access to government-funded services again.
The 44th Toronto International Film Festival will run from Sept. 5 to 15.