Ahead of the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, running Sept. 5 to 15, Realscreen has compiled the available trailers and clips offering a preview of this year’s documentary lineup.
The festival’s picks comprise 25 non-fiction works covering artistic achievement, journalism, immigration and global politics, among other themes, with 36% of the films directed by women.
Today’s selection includes Formula E documentary And We Go Green (pictured), directed by Fisher Stevens and Malcom Venville; Alex Gibney’s Citizen K, about Mikhail Khodokovsky, the unlikely leader of the anti-Putin movement; and City Dream from Weijun Chen, which documents the struggles of a street vendor in Wuhan, China, whose business is threatened by the development of a new retail district.
The trailers follow below, with synopses provided by TIFF:
143 Sahara Street
Algeria; North American Premiere; 100 minutes
Hassen Ferhani’s quiet documentary about an off-the-grid café in the Sahara Desert is an intimate portrait of its proprietor and her guests — as well as the landscape, and Algeria.
And We Go Green
Fisher Stevens, Malcolm Venville
USA; World Premiere; 99 minutes
Professional drivers on the international Formula E circuit — like Formula One, but with eco-friendly electric cars — race for victory across 10 cities in this white-knuckle documentary.
USA, United Kingdom; North American Premiere; 128 minutes
This latest film from the Oscar-winning documentarian considers the strange case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky — once believed to be the wealthiest man in Russia — who rocketed to prosperity and prominence in the 1990s, served a decade in prison, and became an unlikely martyr for the anti-Putin movement.
China; World Premiere; 100 minutes
The Chinese economy may have lifted over 850 million people out of poverty since the early 1980s, but it’s necessary to look beyond such statistics and into individual lives for a true understanding of what this means. That’s the accomplishment of City Dream, which documents an effort to introduce a new retail district by clearing out street vendors.
Canada; World Premiere; 86 minutes
Award-winning documentarian Zweig returns to the Festival with an honest, hard-hitting, and humane look at the careers of retired police officers, as described in their own words.
Henry Glassie: Field Work
Ireland; World Premiere; 105 minutes
The worldwide travels and unique cultural finds of renowned American folklorist Henry Glassie are enthrallingly chronicled in this portrait.