TIFF ’14: Roger Waters, Studio Ghibli docs join line-up

Roger Waters The Wall (pictured), The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, and Do I Sound Gay? are among the latest docs added to the Toronto International Film Festival's 2014 line-up.
August 19, 2014

Documentaries about influential Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli and Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters’ “The Wall Live” tour have been added to the line-up for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The news comes as festival organizers today (August 19) unveiled the Mavericks, Discovery and TIFF Kids programs, as well as numerous additions to other programs.

Roger Waters The Wall (pictured above), directed by Sean Evans and Waters himself, will have its world premiere in the Special Presentations program. The film is billed as a “personally revealing road trip” that documents Rogers’ 2010-2013 “The Wall Live” concert tour, while exploring the elaborate show’s themes of war and loss.

The Mavericks program will host the world premiere of Do I Sound Gay?, a documentary in which journalist David Thorpe confronts his anxiety about sounding gay. The director interviews acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers and celebrities including Tim Gunn, Margaret Cho and George Takei, to examine the cultural baggage caused by speech and sexual identity.

Thorpe will participate in a post-screening discussion with sex columnist Dan Savage, who also appears in the film.

As revealed by realscreen earlier this month, Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s documentary The 50-Year Argument will make its Canadian premiere at the festival as part of the Mavericks program. A discussion between Tedeschi and The New York Review of Books‘ editor Bob Silvers will follow the screening.

In addition, two more documentaries have joined the TIFF Docs line-up.

Directed by Mami Sunada, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness will give viewers “unfettered access to the notoriously insular” Japanese animation shop Studio Ghibli, according to TIFF. The doc, which is a North American premiere, follows Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and director Isao Takahata as they complete work on Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, which screened at TIFF last year, and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, which is also screening at TIFF this year.

Elsewhere, Mexican director Santiago Esteinou’s The Years of Fierro will make its North American premiere at TIFF. The film tells the story of César Fierro, the oldest Mexican prisoner on death row in the United States, and his brother Sergio. Fierro has spent 30 years awaiting an execution date and has always insisted he is innocent.

The total number of films screening at TIFF is 393, including 143 world premieres, 34 international premieres and 73 North American premieres. (Last year, the fest screened 268 features in total, including 146 world premieres, 19 international premieres, and 103 North American premieres.)

The news follows the unveiling of TIFF’s Canadian docs line-up, which features new films by Sturla Gunnarsson and Alanis Obomsawin; and the main TIFF Docs line-up, which features new films from Nick Broomfield, Laura Nix, Joshua Oppenheimer, Fred Wiseman and Lixin Fan.

  • TIFF runs from September 4-14.
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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 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.