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Toronto Film Fest Adds 70+ Docs, Midnight Movies, New Works by Ken Burns, Alex Gibney

Additions to Toronto Film Festival lineup also include projects from Martin McDonagh, Julien Temple and Rob Zombie, plus revivals of Hitchcock and Pixar


The Toronto International Film Festival announced more than 70 additions to its programming on Tuesday, including new documentaries from Ken Burns, Julien Temple and Alex Gibney, a black comedy from Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh and a number of films from Mumbai.

The new additions to the Sept. 6-16 festival comprise its TIFF Docs, City to City, Midnight Madness, Vanguard, TIFF Cinematheque and TIFF Kids programs.

Central Park FiveThey join the 60 premieres, gala screenings and special presentations that were announced last week.

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The TIFF documentary lineup, typically a strong part of the festival program, will include "The Cental Park Five" (above), an examination of the case in which five black and Latino teens were wrongly convicted of raping a jogger in New York's Central Park, from Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns; "London – The Modern Babylon," which TIFF describes as an "epic time-traveling voyage" to the heart of the city, from "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" director Julien Temple; and "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," Oscar-winner Alex Gibney's look at abuse and coverup in the Catholic Church.

Other documentaries will cover death squads ("The Act of Killing"), Israel's secret service ("The Gatekeepers"), disco music ("The Secret Disco Revolution") and the war on drugs ("How to Make Money Selling Drugs").

The Midnight Madness program, which focuses on action films, horror movies and black comedies, will feature 10 films, including new work from playwright and "In Bruges" director Martin McDonagh ("Seven Psychopaths"), " "Rain Man" director Barry Levinson ("The Bay") and rocker/director Rob Zombie ("The Lords of Salem").

Vanguard, 14 films curated by one of the Midnight Madness programmers, includes Michel Gondry's "The We and the I," Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers," British musician Ben Drew's directorial debut "iLL Manors" and Rodney Ascher's "Room 237," which delves into theories that have sprung up around Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining."

The City to City program, which spotlights films from a different foreign city each year, will feature 10 films from Mumbai. The selection, which includes Anurag Kashyap's two-part gangster epic "Gangs of Wasseypur," focuses on independent films that contrast with the bright commercialism of India's Bollywood movies, according to TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey.

“Mumbai’s cinema today is entirely different from what it was even a few years ago," said Bailey in a release announcing the lineup. "The rise of independent cinema has shifted the terrain, probing into previously taboo subjects and adopted styles that were earlier unpalatable to the Indian audience."

TIFF Cinematheque is a program that screens both Canadian and international cinema; the section is screening as part of the festival for the first time, though TIFF has been mounting it at other times for 22 years.

This year's lineup includes Alfred Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder," Roman Polanski's "Tess" and the little-seen anthology film "Loin du Vietnam," an "agit-prop classic" featuring sequences from such acclaimed directors as Claude Lelouch, Agnes Varda, Jean-Luc Godard and Alain Resnais.

The TIFF Kids section, which consists of four films, will include world premieres of Sony Pictures Animation's "Hotel Transylvania" and the new 3D version of Andrew Stanton's and Lee Unkrich's Pixar classic "Finding Nemo."

The new additions:

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"Artifact," Bartholomew Cubbins
"A World Not Ours," Mahdi Fleifel
"The Act of Killing," Joshua Oppenheimer
"As if We Were Watching a Cobra," Hala Alabdalla
"Camp 14 – Total Control Zone," Marc Wiese
"The Central Park Five," Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns
"Far Out Isn't Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story," Brad Bernstein
"Fidai," Damien Ounouri
"First Comes Love," Nina Davenport
"The Gatekeepers," Dror Moreh
"The Girl From the South," Jose Luis Garcia
"How to Make Money Selling Drugs," Matthew Cooke
"Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp," Jorge Hinojosa
"London – The Modern Babylon," Julien Temple
"Lunacy!," Simon Ennis
"Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in th House of God," Alex Gibney
"Men at Lunch," Sean O Cualain
"More Than Honey," Markus Imhoof
"No Place on Earth," Janet Tobias
"Reincarnated," Andrew Capper
"Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out," Marina Zenovich
"The Secret Disco Revolution," Jamie Kastner
"Shepard & Dark," Treva Wurmfeld
"Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky," Barry Avrich
"State 194," Dan Setton
"Storm Surfers 3D," Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan
"The Walls of Dakar," Abdoul Aziz Cisse," Senegal
"Bestiaire," Denis Cote (Wavelengths section)
"The End of Time," Peter Mettler (Masters section)

"The Bright Day," Mohit Takalkar
"Gangs of Wasseypur – Part One," Anurag Kashyap
"Gangs of Wasseypur – Part Two," Anurag Kashyap
"Ishaqzaade," Habib Faisal
"Miss Lovely," Ashim Ahluwalia
"Mumbai's King," Manjeet Singh
"Peddlers," Vasan Bala
"Shahid," Hansal Mehta
"Shanghai," Dibakar Banerjee
"Ship of Theseus," Anand Gandhi

"The ABCs of Death," anthology (26 directors)
"Aftershock," Nicolas Lopez
"The Bay," Barry Levinson
"Come Out and Play," Makinov
"Dredd," Pete Travis
"Hellbenders," JT Petty
"John Dies at the End," Don Coscarelli
"The Lords of Salem," Rob Zombie
"No One Lives," Ryuhei Kitamura
"Seven Psychopaths," Martin McDonagh

"The Bitter Ash,"
Larry Kent
"The Cloud Capped Star," Ritwik Ghatak
"Dial M for Murder," Alfred Hitchcock
"Loin du Vietnam," Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnes Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais
"Stromboli," Roberto Rossellini
"Tess," Roman Polanski

"Ernest & Celestine," Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier
"Finding Nemo 3D," Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
"Hotel Transylvania," Genndy Tartakovsky
"Igor & the Cranes' Journey," Evgeny Ruman

"90 Minutes," Eva Sorhaug
"Bejing Flickers," Zhang Yuan
"Berberian Sound Studio," Peter Strickland
"Blondie," Jesper Ganslandt
"Here Comes the Devil," Adrian Garcia Bogliano
"iLL Manors," Ben Drew
"Motorway," Soi Cheang
"Painless," Juan Carlos Medina
"Peaches Does Herself," Peaches
"Pusher," Luis Prieto
"Room 237," Rodney Ascher
"Sightseers," Ben Wheatley
"Thale," Aleksander Nordaas
"The We and the I," Michel Gondry