TIFF ’18: Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9″ gets world premiere

The latest documentaries from Michael Moore, Errol Morris and Alexis Bloom are headed to the 43rd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The projects were among the 27 feature-length non-fiction ...
August 9, 2018

The latest documentaries from Michael Moore, Errol Morris and Alexis Bloom are headed to the 43rd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The projects were among the 27 feature-length non-fiction films announced on Thursday (Aug. 9) as part of this year’s TIFF Docs program, 10 of which are world premieres. In addition, one-third of the films in this year’s TIFF Docs lineup are directed or co-directed by female filmmakers.

“TIFF Docs contains multiple titles poised to become the next non-fiction hits after a summer of box-office breakouts,” said TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers in a statement. “Beyond the well-known directors in the lineup, look out for newer talents that will take audiences by surprise.”

The TIFF Docs selection will open with the world premiere of Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, a radical and humorous look at America under the presidency of Donald Trump. Closing the selection will be Margarethe von Trotta’s Searching for Ingmar Bergman (North American Premiere), which examines the multi-faceted Swedish director’s legacy a century after his birth.

Other world premieres include Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks’ Netflix-bound Quincy, which profiles musical icon Quincy Jones; Alexis Bloom’s Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes, which charts the downfall of Fox News founder Roger Ailes and was recently acquired by A&E IndieFilms; Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s The Elephant Queen, which traces the journey of an elephant herd; Billy Corben’s Screwball, a true-crime comedy on doping in Major League Baseball; and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s The Truth About Killer Robots, investigating the lethal consequences of automation.

Films focused on female empowerment and the #MeToo movement are also examined within the lineup. They include Alex Holmes’ Maiden, about the first all-women sailing crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race; Tom Volf’s Maria by Callas, which celebrates the life and work of the Greek-American opera singer; Tom Donahue’s This Changes Everything, an examination of gender dynamics in Hollywood; and Mark Cousins’ Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema, narrated by Tilda Swinton, which explores international cinema through the lens of women directors.

Also included in the program are politically focused documentaries American Dharma from Errol Morris, which examines disgraced Trump strategist Steve Bannon; Meeting Gorbachev from Werner Herzog and André Singer, which paints a portrait of former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev; and Putin’s Witnesses from Vitaly Mansky, focused on the Russian president.

As previously announced, Canadian features at the festival include Ron Mann‘s Carmine Street Guitars, Barry Avrich’s Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz and Astra Taylor’s What is Democracy?.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 6 to 16. Further announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

Films screening as part of the TIFF Docs program are listed below.

American Dharma
Errol Morris | USA/United Kingdom
North American Premiere 

Angels Are Made Of Light
James Longley | USA/Denmark/Norway
Canadian Premiere 

The Biggest Little Farm
John Chester | USA
International Premiere

Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
Alexis Bloom | USA
World Premiere

The Elephant Queen
Victoria Stone, Mark Deeble | United Kingdom/Kenya
World Premiere

Fahrenheit 11/9
Michael Moore | USA
World Premiere

Free Solo
E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USA
International Premiere 

Freedom Fields
Naziha Arebi | Libya/United Kingdom/Netherlands/USA/Qatar/Lebanon/Canada
World Premiere

Ghost Fleet
Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron | USA
International Premiere

Graves Without a Name (Les tombeaux sans noms)
Rithy Panh | France/Cambodia
Canadian Premiere 

Heartbound (Hjertelandet)
Janus Metz, Sine Plambech | Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden
World Premiere

Alex Holmes | United Kingdom
World Premiere 

Maria by Callas
Tom Volf | France
North American Premiere 

Meeting Gorbachev
Werner Herzog, André Singer | United Kingdom/USA/Germany
Canadian Premiere 

This Changes Everything
Tom Donahue | USA
World Premiere

Monrovia, Indiana
Frederick Wiseman | USA
North American Premiere 

Putin’s Witnesses (Svideteli Putina)
Vitaly Mansky | Latvia/Switzerland/Czech Republic
International Premiere 

Rashida Jones, Alan Hicks | USA
World Premiere

Billy Corben | USA
World Premiere 

Searching for Ingmar Bergman
Margarethe von Trotta | Germany/France
North American Premiere 

The Truth About Killer Robots
Maxim Pozdorovkin | USA
World Premiere

Walking on Water
Andrey Paounov | Italy/USA
North American Premiere 

When Arabs Danced (Au temps où les Arabes dansaient)
Jawad Rhalib | Belgium
North American Premiere 

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema
Mark Cousins | United Kingdom
North American Premiere

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