From 'Meeting Gorbachev' to 'Screwball': 5 Hot Doc Projects Looking for Deals at TIFF

6:30 AM 9/5/2018

by Tatiana Siegel

Gender disparity in Hollywood, A-Rod's doping scandal, Werner Herzog's latest and more will tempt buyers in Toronto.

'This Changes Everything'
'This Changes Everything'
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  • 'Meeting Gorbachev'

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    Hollywood has long pursued a film about former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, with Steven Spielberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger having chased his life rights. Here, German helmer Werner Herzog and co-director Andre Singer tackle one of the most important politicians of the 20th century. Submarine is selling the film, which makes its Toronto debut Sept. 10.

  • 'The Ghost of Peter Sellers'

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    The Peter Medak-helmed film is playing at Venice and Telluride but skipping Toronto. Still, sales agent Submarine will be selling all rights at TIFF. Ghost of Peter Sellers chronicles the behind-the-scenes tensions on the set of Medak's unreleased 1973 pirate comedy, Ghost in the Noonday Sun.

  • 'The Elephant Queen'

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    Nature docs can do huge business (think March of the Penguins). Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elephant Queen follows the eponymous Athena, a mother elephant who will do everything in her power to protect her herd. Endeavor Content and Mister Smith Entertainment are selling the film, which makes its Toronto debut Sept. 8.

  • 'Screwball'

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    Athletes and steroids are often a winning combination (like Oscar winner Icarus). Screwball details the 2013 Biogenesis scandal involving a crop of high-profile Major League Baseball players, most notably former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, who was suspended by the league for nearly a year. The film, being sold by 30West, premieres at TIFF on Sept. 7.

  • 'This Changes Everything'

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    No other film hits the Time's Up zeitgeist quite like this Tom Donahue-helmed doc about gender disparity in Hollywood. The lineup of actresses who participate includes a slate of A-listers, from Cate Blanchett to Natalie Portman to Reese Witherspoon. ICM Partners is selling worldwide rights after its Sept. 8 premiere.

    This story first appeared in the Sept. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.