‘Inconvenient Indian’, ‘New Corporation’, ‘No Ordinary Man’ Rep Canadian Docs in TIFF Line-up

Michelle Latimer’s Inconvenient Indian is among the Canadian docs at TIFF 2020
Photo courtesy of TIFF


By Pat Mullen

Several Canadian documentaries will premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). TIFF unveiled its feature film line-up today for the fall festival, which will screen a mix of hybrid and virtual events. Among the Canadian docs debuting at Toronto are Michelle Latimer’s Inconvenient Indian, based on the book by Thomas King; The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel, Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott’s follow-up to the acclaimed 2003 film; and No Ordinary Man, Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt’s genre-bending take on jazz musician Billy Tipton. (Read more about No Ordinary Man in our look at COVID and Cannes.)

Latimer will be at TIFF with two projects, as Inconvenient Indian will debut alongside her TV adaptation of Eden Robinson’s acclaimed Trickster novels. Other Canadians at the fest include Tracey Deer with Beans and Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli with Violation, among several co-productions.

The international slate of documentaries is relatively healthy in the scaled-down line-up. New films from masters Fred Wiseman (City Hall), Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer (Fireball), Gianfranro Rosi (Notturno) and Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI) promise to uphold the bar of the TIFF Docs selections set by previous festivals. 11 of the TIFF feature film selections are documentaries with additional international titles including the COVID-19 doc 76 Days, Sonia Kennebeck’s asylum-seeking docu-thriller Enemies of the State, and Mayye Zayed’s sports doc Lift Like a Girl rounding out the list.

TIFF previously announced Spike Lee’s David Byrne’s American Utopia as the festival’s opening night film, as well as Chloé Zhao’s hybrid drama Nomadland marking another major title that should interest the non-fiction crowd. The line-up also reflects TIFF’s commitment to cultural diversity and approaching gender parity, which has become the festival’s priority.

“We began this year planning for a 45th Festival much like our previous editions,” said Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head of TIFF, in a statement from the festival, “but along the way we had to rethink just about everything. This year’s lineup reflects that tumult. The names you already know are doing brand new things this year, and there’s a whole crop of exciting new names to discover. We’re thankful to every filmmaker and company that joined us on this adventure, and we can’t wait to share these brilliant films with our audiences.”

The full list of TIFF 2020 feature film selections is as follows:

180 Degree Rule- Farnoosh Samadi | Iran
76 Days- Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen | USA
Ammonite – Francis Lee | United Kingdom
Another Round (Druk) – Thomas Vinterberg | Denmark
Bandar Band – Manijeh Hekmat | Iran/Germany
Beans – Tracey Deer | Canada
Beginning (Dasatskisi) – Dea Kulumbegashvili | Georgia/France
The Best is Yet to Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) – Wang Jing | China
_Bruised _- Halle Berry | USA
City Hall – Frederick Wiseman | USA
Concrete Cowboy – Ricky Staub | USA
David Byrne’s American Utopia – Spike Lee | USA (Opening Night Film)
The Disciple – Chaitanya Tamhane | India
Enemies of the State – Sonia Kennebeck | USA
Falling – Viggo Mortensen | Canada/United Kingdom
The Father – Florian Zeller | United Kingdom/France
Fauna – Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/Canada
Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds – Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer | United Kingdom/USA
Gaza mon amour – Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser | Palestine/France/Germany/Portugal/Qatar
Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) – I-Fan Wang | Taiwan
Good Joe Bell – Reinaldo Marcus Green | USA
_I Care A Lot _ – J Blakeson | United Kingdom
Inconvenient Indian – Michelle Latimer | Canada
The Inheritance – Ephraim Asili | USA
Lift Like a Girl (Ash Ya Captain) – Mayye Zayed | Egypt/Germany/Denmark
Limbo – Ben Sharrock | United Kingdom
Memory House (Casa de Antiguidades) – João Paulo Miranda Maria | Brazil/France
MLK/FBI – Sam Pollard | USA
The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel – Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott | Canada
New Order (Nuevo orden) – Michel Franco | Mexico
Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) – Philippe Lacôte | Côte d’Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal
Nomadland – Chloé Zhao | USA
No Ordinary Man – Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt | Canada
Notturno – Gianfranco Rosi | Italy/France/Germany
One Night in Miami – Regina King | USA
Penguin Bloom – Glendyn Ivin | Australia
Pieces of a Woman – Kornél Mundruczó | USA/Canada/Hungary
Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time (Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre) – Lili Horvát | Hungary
Quo Vadis, Aïda? – Jasmila Žbanić | Bosnia and Herzegovina/Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey
Shadow In The Cloud – Roseanne Liang | USA/New Zealand
Shiva Baby – Emma Seligman | USA/Canada
Spring Blossom – Suzanne Lindon | France
A Suitable Boy – Mira Nair | United Kingdom/India (Closing Night Presentation)
Summer of 85 (Été 85) – François Ozon | France
The Third Day – Felix Barrett, Dennis Kelly | United Kingdom
Trickster – Michelle Latimer | Canada
True Mothers (Asa Ga Kuru) – Naomi Kawase | Japan
Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) – Miwa Nishikawa | Japan
Violation – Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli | Canada
Wildfire – Cathy Brady | United Kingdom/Ireland

TIFF runs Sept. 10-19, 2020.