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Toronto Unveils TIFF Docs, City to City, Vanguard, Cinematheque Slates

Fest runs Sept. 5-15

“Tim’s Vermeer,” helmed by Teller of illusionist-comedians Penn & Teller and a recent Sony Pictures Classics acquisition, is one of 14 documentary features world-preeming this September at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Toronto will also see the world preems of Greek DIY hero Yorgos Servetas’ “Standing Aside, Watching,” which opens City to City, and France-born splat-pack director Alexandre Aja’s “Horns,” starring Daniel Radcliffe (seen above) and Juno Temple in a paranormal chiller, in Vanguard.

The fest unveiled programming for its TIFF Docs, City to City (this year spotlighting features made in Athens, Greece), Vanguard and Cinematheque programs on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Nine pics in Midnight Madness, including world-preeming slate opener “All Cheerleaders Must Die,” were announced Monday at midnight.

Other world-preeming U.S. docs include: Jehane Noujaim’s in-depth snapshot of Egyptian protesters “The Square,” which screened as a work-in-progress at Sundance and completed filming a few weeks ago; John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s “Finding Vivian Maier” (IFC); Chris Jordan’s “Midway,” about the plight of the Laysan albatross; Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren’s “The Dog,” chronicling the real-life bank robber whose story is the basis of “Dog Day Afternoon”; Madelleine Sackler’s “Unstable Elements,” tracking the Belarus Free Theater’s fight for survival in a hostile political environment; and David Turner and Lara Zizic’s “Mission Congo.”

Canuck feature doc-makers are well represented with Alan Zweig’s “When Jews Were Funny,” Jody Shapiro’s “Burt’s Buzz,” Alanis Obomsawin’s “Hi-Ho Mistahey!,” and Barry Avrich’s “Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story,” all world-preeming in September.

International docs world-preeming in Toronto include Pan Nalin’s “Faith Connections,” Ventura Pons’ “Ignasi M.,” and ,” Leanne Pooley’s “Beyond the Edge.”

Errol Morris’ “The Unknown Known,” Frederick Wiseman’s “At Berkeley,” and Frank Pavich’s “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” receive their North American preems, as will Marcel Ophuls’ “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” Mark Cousins’ “A Story of Children and Film,” Sarah McCarthy’s “The Dark Matter of Love,” and Claude Lanzmann’s “The Last of the Unjust,” while Emiliano Altuna Fistolera’s “The Mayor” gets its Canadian preem.

In addition to “Horns,” Vanguard will also screen the world preems of Zack Parker’s thriller “Proxy,” Simon and Zeke Hawkins’s “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” Sang-ho’s “The Fake,” Juan Cavestany’s “People In Places,” and Brillante Mendoza’s “Sapi.”

Ti West’s “The Sacrament,” Jeremy Saulnier’s “Blue Ruin,” Alex van Warmerdam’s “Borgman,” Christoffer Boe’s “Sex, Drugs & Taxation,” Chung Mong-Hong’s “Soul,” Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s “The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears,” and Onur Unlu’s “Thou Gild’st the Even” also unspool in Vanguard, as does the Canuck preem of Alexey Fedorchenko’s “Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari.”

In addition Servetas’ pic, City to City will also screen the world preem of Yannis Sakaridis’ “Wild Duck.”

Athens pics including Thanos Anastopoulos’ “The Daughter,” Elina Psykou’s “The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas” Menelaos Karamaghiolis’ “J.A.C.E. – Just Another Confused Elephant,” Alexandros Avranas’ “Miss Violence,” Penny Panayotopoulou’s “September,” and Aran Hughes and Christina Koutsospyrou’s “To The Wolf,” receive their North American premiere.

Filippos Tsitos’ “Unfair City” and Argyris Papadimitropoulos’ will also unspool in City to City.

And TIFF Cinematheque, a program of classic cinema titles, will screen Yasujiro Ozu’s “An Autumn Afternoon,” Joseph H. Lewis’s “Gun Crazy,” Alain Resnais’ “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme’s “The Lovely Month of May,” Lino Brocka’s “Manila in the Claws of Light,” Roberto Rossellini’s “Rome, Open City,” and David Cronenberg’s “Shivers.”

The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 5 to 15, 2013.

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