New York Film Festival 2017 announces its documentary lineup

New York Film Festival 2017 announces its documentary lineup

Source:  Variety

The 2017 New York Film Festival’s Spotlight on Documentary lineup includes works by a number of notable directors, with world premieres by Vanessa Redgrave (“Sea Sorrow”), Alex Gibney (“No Stone Unturned”), and Griffin Dunne (“Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold”), among others.

The full slate of the Spotlight on Documentary section follows.

Arthur Miller: Writer,” dir. Rebecca Miller
BOOM FOR REAL: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat,” dir. Sara Driver
Cielo,” dir. Alison McAlpine
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?,” dir. Travis Wilkerson
El mar la mar,” dir. Joshua Bonnetta & J.P. Sniadecki
Filmworker,” dir. Tony Zierra
Hall of Mirrors,” dir. Ena Talakic and Ines Talakic
Jane,” dir. Brett Morgen
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,” dir. Griffin Dunne
No Stone Unturned,” dir. Alex Gibney
Piazza Vittorio,” dir. Abel Ferrara
The Rape of Recy Taylor,” dir. Nancy Buirski
Sea Sorrow,” dir. Vanessa Redgrave
A Skin So Soft,” dir. Denis Côté
Speak Up,” dir. Stéphane de Freitas, co-directed by Ladj Ly
The Venerable W.,” dir. Barbet Schroeder, with short “What Are You Up to, Barbet Schroeder?”
Voyeur,” dir. Myles Kane and Josh Koury
Three Music Films by Mathieu Amalric: “C’est presque au bout du monde,” “Zorn,” “Music Is Music”

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Wang Bing’s “Mrs. Fang” wins top prize at Locarno Festival

Wang Bing’s “Mrs. Fang” wins top prize at Locarno Festival

Source:  Variety

A jury that included high profile directors Olivier Assayas and Miguel Gomes has awarded Wang Bing’s unblinkered documentary, “Mrs. Fang,” the Golden Leopard at the 70th anniversary edition of the Locarno Festival, which ends today.

In keeping with the director’s usual stripped down, uncompromising style, the film focuses on the death of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease in an impoverished corner of China.

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New Eric Clapton documentary to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

New Eric Clapton documentary to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

Source:  Rolling Stone

A new documentary about Eric Clapton, “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before airing on Showtime in 2018.

Oscar winner Lili Fini Zanuck (producer, “Driving Miss Daisy”) directed “Life in 12 Bars,” which features extensive interviews with Clapton.

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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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