Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The 2022 TIFF Docs & Contemporary World Cinema Programming

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced today the 2022 selections for TIFF Docs programming, an additional title in the Discovery programming, plus the Contemporary World Cinema programming.

Click below to see the newly added films.

“We are so proud of the TIFF Docs and Contemporary World Cinema programmes,” said Anita Lee, Chief Programming Officer, TIFF. “The films reflect the moment we live in and speak to who we are today, including highly anticipated films by veteran filmmakers from around the globe.”

TIFF DOCS
“This year’s TIFF Docs lineup has a wonderful mix of joy, creativity, and ingenuity in the face of adversity,” said TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers, now in his 17th year overseeing the section. “In recent years, we witnessed numerous films launched from this section into distribution deals and Oscar nominations. This year has a rich crop for both.”

*Previously announced 

*752 Is Not A Number Babak Payami | Canada
World Premiere

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Laura Poitras | USA 
North American Premiere

*Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On Madison Thomas | Canada
World Premiere

Casa Susanna Sébastien Lifshitz | France, USA
North American Premiere

Ciné-Guerrillas: Scenes from the Labudovic Reels Mila Turajlic | Serbia, France, Croatia, Montenegro
World Premiere

*The Colour of Ink Brian D. Johnson | Canada
World Premiere

Documentary Now! Alex Buono, Rhys Thomas, Micah Gardner | USA 
World Premiere 

*Ever Deadly Tanya Tagaq, Chelsea McMullan | Canada
World Premiere

Free Money Sam Soko, Lauren DeFilippo | Kenya, USA
World Premiere

Mariupolis 2 Mantas Kvedaravičius | Lithuania, France, Germany
North American Premiere

The Grab Gabriela Cowperthwaite | USA 
World Premiere

In Her Hands Tamana Ayazi, Marcel Mettelsiefen | USA, Afghanistan
World Premiere
 TIFF Docs Opening Film 
*Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues
 Sacha Jenkins | USA 
World Premiere

Maya and the Wave Stephanie Johnes | USA 
World Premiere

Miúcha, The Voice of Bossa Nova Daniel Zarvos, Liliane Mutti | Brazil, France 
Canadian Premiere

My Imaginary Country (Mi País Imaginario) Patricio Guzmán | Chile, France 
North American Premiere

Patrick and the Whale Mark Fletcher | Austria 
World Premiere

Pray for our Sinners Sinéad O’Shea | Ireland
World Premiere 

Self-Portrait as a Coffee Pot William Kentridge | South Africa, USA 
World Premiere

Theatre of Thought Werner Herzog | USA 
International Premiere 

*To Kill a Tiger Nisha Pahuja | Canada
World Premiere 

While We Watched Vinay Shukla | UK 
World Premiere 

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
“TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema Program brings a carefully curated selection of unique stories by established filmmakers and talent with daring visions from all corners of the world,” said Diana Cadavid, International Programmer. “Through an ambitious program of more than 50 films, audiences will have the opportunity to engage with the exciting directions in which cinema can lead our understanding of a wide range of topics and human experiences.”

*Previously announced 

Aftersun Charlotte Wells | United Kingdom, USA 
North American Premiere

AlamFiras Khoury | France, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar
World Premiere 

Amanda Carolina Cavalli | Italy 
International Premiere

Ashkal Youssef Chebbi | France, Tunisia, Qatar 
North American Premiere

Autobiography Makbul Mubarak | Indonesia, France, Singapore, Poland, Philippines, Germany, Qatar
North American Premiere

Beyond the Wall (Shab, Dkheli, Divar) Vahid Jalilvand | Iran 
North American Premiere 

*Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman Pierre Földes | France, Luxembourg, Canada, Netherlands
International Premiere 

*Bones of Crows Marie Clements | Canada
World Premiere

*Coyote (Le Coyote) Katherine Jerkovic | Canada
World Premiere

Domingo and the Mist (Domingo y la Niebla) Ariel Escalante Meza | Costa Rica, Qatar 
North American Premiere

El agua Elena López Riera | Switzerland, Spain, France 
North American Premiere

*The End of Sex Sean Garrity | Canada
World Premiere

EO Jerzy Skolimowski | Poland, Italy 
North American Premiere

*Falcon Lake Charlotte Le Bon | Canada
North American Premiere 

*Fixation Mercedes Bryce Morgan | Canada, USA, Germany
World Premiere

Godland (Vanskabte Land/Volaða Land) Hlynur Pálmason | Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden
Canadian Premiere

The Happiest Man in the World Teona Strugar Mitevska | North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Denmark, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
North American Premiere 

The Hotel Wang Xiaoshuai | Hong Kong 
World Premiere 

La Jauría Andrés Ramírez Pulido | Colombia, France 
North American Premiere

Life (Жизнь) Emir Baigazin | Kazakhstan
World Premiere

Living Oliver Hermanus | United Kingdom 
Canadian Premiere

Love and Mathematics (Amor y matemáticas) Claudia Sainte-Luce | Mexico 
World Premiere 

Love Life Koji Fukada | Japan, France 
North American Premiere

Luxembourg, Luxembourg Antonio Lukich | Ukraine 
North American Premiere 

*The Maiden Graham Foy | Canada
North American Premiere 

Manticore (Mantícora) Carlos Vermut | Spain 
North American Premiere 

Muru Tearepa Kahi | New Zealand 
International Premiere 

My Sailor, My Love Klaus Hӓrӧ | Finland, Ireland 
World Premiere 

Nightalk Donald Shebib | Canada
World Premiere

*North of Normal Carly Stone | Canada
World Premiere 

The Origin of Evil Sébastien Marnier | France, Canada
North American Premiere

Plan 75 Chie Hayakawa | Japan, France, Philippines, Qatar
North American Premiere 

Return to Dust Li Ruijun | China 
North American Premiere 

R.M.N. Cristian Mungiu | Romania, France 
North American Premiere 

*So Much Tenderness Lina Rodriguez | Canada
World Premiere 

Sparta Ulrich Seidl | Austria, France, Germany 
World Premiere

*Stellar Darlene Naponse | Canada
World Premiere 

Stonewalling Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka | Japan
North American Premiere

*The Swearing Jar Lindsay MacKay | Canada
World Premiere 

The Umbrella Men John Barker | South Africa 
International Premiere

Under the Fig Trees Erige Sehiri | Tunisia, Switzerland, France, Qatar
North American Premiere

Valeria Is Getting Married Michal Vinik | Israel 
North American Premiere 

Victim (OBEŤ) Michal Blaško | Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Germany 
North American Premiere 

Vicenta B. Carlos Lechuga | Cuba, France, USA, Colombia, Norway 
World Premiere 

War Sailor (Krigsseileren) Gunnar Vikene | Norway, Germany, Malta 
International Premiere 

We Are Still Here Beck Cole, Dena Curtis, Tracey Rigney, Danielle MacLean, Tim Worrall, Renae Maihi, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Richard Curtis, Chantelle Burgoyne  | Australia, New Zealand 
International Premiere

Wildflower Matt Smukler | USA 
World Premiere

Winter Boy (Le Lycéen) Christophe Honoré | France 
World Premiere

The Worst Ones Romane Gueret, Lise Akoka | France 
North American Premiere

Zwigato Nandita Das | India 
World Premiere

DISCOVERY
Bruiser Miles Warren | USA
World Premiere

DOC CONVERSATIONS AT THE TIFF INDUSTRY CONFERENCE 
On September 13, the Industry Conference will focus on conversations covering both the craft and business of documentary filmmaking. Access to the programming will be available to all press and industry pass holders. For public audiences interested in attending, limited day packages will be made available. 

VISIONARIES: Inside the Brain of Werner Herzog
In his new film Theatre of Thought, Werner Herzog (celebrating his 80th birthday in September) explores the cutting edge of research on the brain. He’s joined by two figures who appear in the film, brain scientist Rafael Yuste and entrepreneur Jamie Davies, to discuss hopes and fears for the future of brain exploration.

VISIONARIES: What Laura Poitras Learned from Nan Goldin
Oscar-winning director Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) discusses what she learned over three years in the making of her new film All the Beauty and the Bloodshed. The film profiles the artist Nan Goldin, who has campaigned for museums to disassociate from the patronage of the Sackler family, owners of the opioid company Purdue Pharma.

DIALOGUES: Covering Afghanistan for In Her Hands
A Share Her Journey initiative generously supported by Betty-Ann Heggie
The new documentary In Her Hands focuses on Afghanistan’s youngest woman mayor, Zarifa Ghafari, during the tumultuous period of the Taliban’s return to power. Filmmakers Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen share clips while reflecting on the challenges of filming under wartime conditions. 

PERSPECTIVES Truth, Lies, and a Million Dollar Board Game
Filmmaker Vinay Shukla joins to discuss his new film While We Watched, which profiles the journalist Ravish Kumar of NDTV India as he struggles to maintain journalistic independence under death threats. For Shukla’s previous documentary An Insignificant Man, his team created a board game that gained massive support on Kickstarter. He’ll discuss plans to follow that model by pairing a board game with his new film.

PERSPECTIVES DocuMentality: The Growth of a Movement
DocuMentality is an expanding initiative that seeks to normalize conversations about mental health in the documentary industry and provide best-practice guidance for filmmakers. The project started with efforts in the UK and US. Now, the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is spearheading a new wave of focus groups with support from the Canada Media Fund. On this panel, audiences will hear from DocuMentality team member Malikkah Rollins and DOC’s Sarah Spring about the past, present, and future of the movement. We’ll also hear from filmmaker Rebeca Huntt describing what she learned about maintaining mental balance in the making of her intensely personal film Beba that premiered at TIFF last year. Moderator: Inney Prakash (Maysles Documentary Center).​

Click to see the Gala, Special PresentationsDiscover, Midnight Madness & Wavelengths lineups for the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. What do you think of these additions? Which films are you most looking forward to seeing at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival? Please let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter account. For more information on these titles check out the TIFF website here.

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Matt Neglia
Matt Negliahttps://nextbestpicture.com/
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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