Documentary on Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto to premiere at Venice Film Festival

Documentary on Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto to premiere at Venice Film Festival

Source:  Billboard

“Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda” — a feature-length documentary about the award-winning musician, composer, and music producer Ryuichi Sakamoto — will be screened Out of Competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival that begins Aug. 30.

In 1983, he made his acting debut in “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” starring David Bowie, and the movie also marked his debut as a film composer. He has since won numerous awards including an Oscar and Grammy for scoring works such as “The Last Emperor,” “The Sheltering Sky,” “Little Buddha,” and most recently, “The Revenant.”

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Toronto International Film Festival docs programmer, Thom Powers, talks about the 2017 lineup

Toronto International Film Festival docs programmer, Thom Powers, talks about the 2017 lineup

Source: realscreen

The world premiere of Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me” sequel, a film that explores the life of Eric Clapton, and Sophie Fiennes‘ latest venture, “Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami,” were among the projects announced on Tuesday as part of this year’s TIFF Docs program.

Following the unveiling of the lineup, realscreen spoke with Thom Powers, TIFF Docs programmer about what filmmakers and audiences can expect from this year’s festival.

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10 Toronto Film Festival documentaries that could shake up the Oscars

10 Toronto Film Festival documentaries that could shake up the Oscars

Source:  IndieWire

The race always begins at Sundance, but the Toronto International Film Festival documentary lineup will impact the list of Oscar contenders – and this year, without clear frontrunners, TIFF’s influence will be greater than ever.

See the list of 10 must-sees at TIFF 2017 with potential to shake up the Oscar awards race at IndieWire.

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Toronto International Film Festival Announces its 2017 Documentary Lineup

Toronto International Film Festival Announces its 2017 Documentary Lineup

Source:  POV Magazine

The TIFF documentary lineup is out.  The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its line-up today with a star studded mix of topic issues, profiles, and big name directors.

This year, TIFF Docs opens with Sophie Fiennes’ “Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami” about the iconic singer, model, and Bond girl Grace Jones.  The TIFF Docs closing film is Emmanuel Gras’ “Makala,” which won the Grand Jury prize at Cannes’ Critics Week and portrays the heroic struggles of a subsistence laborer in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Dogwoof picks up “This Is Congo” for worldwide sales

Dogwoof picks up “This Is Congo” for worldwide sales

Source:  Variety

London-based sales outfit Dogwoof has picked up the documentary “This Is Congo,” which will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, for worldwide sales.

The BBC has already bought British television rights to the film, which looks at the deadly ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through the eyes of four people, described as a whistleblower, a patriotic military commander, a mineral dealer, and a displaced tailor.

Read the story at Variety.