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2013’s TIFF Docs: Plenty of “Buzz” Worthy Titles from Wiseman, Lanzmann, Noujaim, Cousins & Errol Morris

Yesterday we looked back at the exquisite documentaries that have graced us with their presence thus far in 2013, but now it is time to look to the Toronto International Film Festival which plays host to the biggest docu titles of the fall festival season. While Sundance tends to be the spring launching pad for politically charged films, TIFF tends to have a broader spectrum of non-fiction fare. This morning, TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers and the rest of the team at the Lightbox dropped a press release with the list of non-fiction films joining this year’s already stacked lineup.

Unsurprisingly there are a few titles making their way over from Cannes in Frank Pavich’s hilarious and tragic Jodorowsky’s Dune, Claude Lanzmann’s continued Holocaust investigation with The Last of the Unjust and Mark Cousins’s film history follow up The Story of Children and Film. Expectedly, Errol Morris will return to Toronto with The Unknown Known, his deconstruction of Donald Rumsfeld, but surprisingly, the list lacks Alex Gibney’s long awaited Lance Armstrong pic which was recently picked up by Sony. Maybe a late announcement or a Telluride offering? Finally the Sundance preemed, perhaps already dated docu from Jehane Noujaim (The Square) receives another North American showing. Heavy on North American selected titles from Canada and the U.S., worth checking out is Green Porno director Jody Shapiro’s fascinating look at the subject in Burt’s Buzz (see pic above). See the full list below of selected titles below

A Story of Children and Film Mark Cousins, United Kingdom
Ain’t Misbehavin’ Marcel Ophuls, France
At Berkeley Frederick Wiseman, USA
Beyond the Edge Leanne Pooley, New Zealand
Burt’s Buzz Jody Shapiro, Canada
The Dark Matter of Love Sarah McCarthy, UK
The Dog Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, USA
Faith Connections Pan Nalin, France/India
Filthy Gorgeous: The Extraordinary World of Bob Guccione Barry Avrich, Canada
Finding Vivian Maier Charlie Siskel and John Maloof, USA
Hi-Ho Mistahey! Alanis Obomsawin, Canada
Ignasi M. Ventura Pons, Spain
Jodorowsky’s Dune Frank Pavich, USA
The Last of the Unjust Claude Lanzmann, France/Austria
The Mayor Emiliano Altuna Fistolera, Mexico
Midway Chris Jordan, USA
Mission Congo David Turner and Lara Zizic
The Square (Al Midan) Jehane Noujaim, Egypt/USA
Tim’s Vermeer Teller, USA
The Unknown Known Errol Morris, USA
Unstable Elements Madeleine Sackler, USA
When Jews Were Funny Allan Zweig, Canada

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