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TIFF 2022: Docs & Contemporary World Cinema Lineups Announced

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its lineup for both the TIFF Docs and Contemporary World Cinema section, featuring films from over 50 countries. The festival will run from September 8 – 18. The Docs lineup includes Laura Poitras’ All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Werner Herzog’s Theatre of Thought, Sacha Jenkins’ Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues, and Gabriela Cowperthwaithe’s The Grab.

Among the World Cinema films are the world premieres of Christophe Honoré’s Winter Boy and Koji Fukada’s Love Life. Other films making their North American premiere in the section are Jerzy Skolimowski’s Cannes winner EO, Charlotte Wells’ A24 film Aftersun, Cristian Mungiu’s R.M.N., and Charlotte Le Bon’s Falcon Lake.

“We are so proud of the TIFF Docs and Contemporary World Cinema programs,” chief programming officer, Anita Lee said. “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.”

See below for the TIFF Docs lineup:

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“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.”

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


See below for the Contemporary World Cinema lineup:

Aftersun Charlotte Wells | United Kingdom, USA North American Premiere

Alam Firas 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

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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