Toronto: Leonardo DiCaprio's Climate Change Doc, 'Blair Witch' Sequel Get World Premieres
The genre-heavy Midnight Madness section will open with Ben Wheatley's 'Free Fire,' starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.
The Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday announced its documentary and genre film slates, including the world premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change film The Turning Point, Steve James' U.S. banking scandal doc Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Netflix's U.S.-Danish film Amanda Knox, a true-crime doc about the American student accused of murder in Italy from directors Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst.
Meanwhile, Ben Wheatley's hard-boiled 1970s-set thriller Free Fire from A24 — starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer — will open the Midnight Madness sidebar, which is set to close with an international premiere of Japanese director Koji Shiraishi's Sadako vs Kayako. The Midnight Madness strand also will feature world premieres for Adam Wingard's Blair Witch sequel, ahead of its Sept. 16 theatrical release by Lionsgate, and Morgan Spurlock's Rats, touted as a horror doc about rodents.
The fest also set a North American bow for Paul Schrader's Dog Eat Dog, starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe.
TIFF Docs programmers booked world premieres for Tony Guma's and John Rose's The 6th Beatle; Matt Tyrnauer's Citizen Jane: Battle for the City; Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro, inspired by novelist James Baldwin's work; and Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker's Karl Marx City.
Toronto also booked international premieres for Errol Morris' The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography; John Scheinfeld's Chase Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary; Into the Inferno, by Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer; and The Ivory Game, by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani and with DiCaprio executive producing.
And the festival will feature North American premieres for Jim Jarmusch's Gimme Danger, the rock doc about Iggy Pop and The Stooges that bowed in Cannes; and Alex Pitstra's Bezness as Usual, about the filmmaker's Dutch mother and Tunisian father.
The following films also will have world premieres: Headshot, by directors Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto; the Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox-starrer The Autopsy of Jane Doe, by helmer Andre Ovredal; and Wolf Creek director Greg McLean's The Belko Experiment.
The Vanguard sidebar also booked world premieres for Dash Shaw's My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, which stars John Cameron Mitchell, Reggie Watts, Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Maya Rudolph and Susan Sarandon; Nacho Vigalondo's Colossal, toplined by Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens; Sarah Adina Smith’s mystery Buster's Mal Heart, starring Mr. Robot's Rami Malek in his first leading movie role; and The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour's dystopian love story that stars Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and Giovanni Ribisi.
The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival previously said it will kick off Sept. 8 with Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven remake, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, and end Sept. 18 with the Hailee Steinfeld-starrer The Edge of Seventeen.
Programmers will make more lineup announcements in the coming weeks.