TIFF Docs Line-up Includes Moore, Herzog, Wiseman, Morris, Panh, von Trotta, and more!

Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 to open TIFF Docs

By Pat Mullen

Thom Powers is swinging big this year. TIFF Docs promises an auteur-heavy field! The festival announced the international docs for TIFF 2018 today. Opening the TIFF Docs programme is the world premiere of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, the much-anticipated Trump takedown that follows up his mega-hit Fahrenheit 9/11. The closing night doc is the North American premiere of Margarethe von Trotta’s Searching for Ingmar Bergman.

Other big names on the menu include Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Mark Cousins, Rithy Panh, and Fred Wiseman, whose Monrovia, Indiana is an astonishingly short entry in his oeuvre, clocking in at only 143 minutes. There is also a new documentary from Janus Metz, who opened last year’s festival with the engaging tennis drama Borg/McEnroe. Other big names include Rashida Jones’s Quincy about her famous father, composer Quincy Jones, and Billy Corben’s Screwball, which takes a humorous look at a doping scandal in Major League Baseball. Notable omissions from the line-up are Morgen Neville’s Orson Welles doc They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead and this year’s acclaimed L’OEil d’or winner Samouni Road, a hit a Cannes for its animated take on the migration crisis.

Today’s announcement added 27 films to the TIFF Docs line-up, which already included the Canadian selections Carmine Street Guitars, Prosecuting Evil, and What is Democracy?. The Canuck contingent also includes Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater: Extinction as a special event and the Baichwal/Burtynsky/de Pencier opus Anthropocene in Special Presentations.

The TIFF Docs titles are:

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

TIFF Docs Opening Film
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

TIFF Docs Closing Film
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

TIFF runs Sept. 6 to 16.