Toronto Film Fest Sets Lineup, Including Regina King's Directorial Debut, Docs. From Federick Wiseman, Werner Herzog
This combination photo shows actor-director Werner Herzog, left, and actress-director Regina King. The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday unveiled a lineup featuring the directorial debut of Regina King and the latest documentary from Herzog. King directs a drama about a young Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, titled “One Night in Miami,” and Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer have a meteorite documentary called “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds." The festival, which is set to run Sept. 10-19, has plotted a largely virtual 45th edition due to the pandemic. (AP Photo)
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The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday unveiled a lineup bearing little in common with its normal barrage of awards contenders and premier fall films, but features the directorial debut of Regina King and the latest documentaries from Frederick Wiseman and Werner Herzog.

Toronto, which is set to run Sept. 10-19, has plotted a largely virtual 45th edition due to the pandemic. In normal years, TIFF is the largest film festival in North America. This year, it has drastically scaled down its plans and scrapped together 50 films or TV series from around the world, leaning on projects set to debut on streaming services or television this fall. 

Cameron Bailey, artistic director and co-head of the festival, acknowledged it was far from TIFF’s regular lineup.

“We began this year planning for a 45th Festival much like our previous editions, but along the way we had to rethink just about everything,” Bailey said. “This year’s lineup reflects that tumult. The names you already know are doing brand new things this year, and there’s a whole crop of exciting new names to discover.”

Some of the notable films include the 90-year-old Wiseman’s “City Hall,” a portrait of Boston’s City Hall; Regina King’s drama about a young Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, titled “One Night in Miami”; Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s Apple TV+ meteorite documentary “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds”; “Pieces of a Woman,” Kornel Mundruczo’s family drama with Shia LaBeouf; and Glendyn Ivin’s “Penguin Bloom,” with Naomi Watts.

Some of the films will play first at the much smaller Venice Film Festival the week prior in September. Toronto will also showcase new work from Mira Nair, Thomas Vinterberg and Michel Franco.

Toronto earlier announced that Spike Lee’s filmed version of David Byrne’s Broadway theatrical concert “American Utopia,” an HBO release, will open this year’s festival.

The major fall festivals — Venice, Toronto, Telluride and New York — earlier announced an alliance, saying they would collaborate on programming. Since then, Colorado’s Telluride has been canceled but reborn as a drive-in series in Los Angeles. The festivals earlier announced Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” will debut across all four events.

Toronto organizers say they continue to work with health officials to determine how and if it can host in-person events. With travel restricted between the U.S. and Canadian border, it has urged many festival-goers who flock to Toronto to stay home.

Here’s a rundown of the lineup:

180 Degree Rule 
Farnoosh Samadi | Iran

76 Days 
Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen | USA

Francis Lee | United Kingdom

Another Round (Druk) 
Thomas Vinterberg | Denmark

Bandar Band 
Manijeh Hekmat | Iran/Germany

Tracey Deer | Canada

Beginning (Dasatskisi) 
Dea Kulumbegashvili | Georgia/France

The Best is Yet to Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) 
Wang Jing | China

Halle Berry | USA

City Hall 
Frederick Wiseman | USA

Concrete Cowboy 
Ricky Staub | USA

Opening Night Film.
David Byrne’s American Utopia 
Spike Lee | USA

The Disciple 
Chaitanya Tamhane | India

Enemies of the State 
Sonia Kennebeck | USA

Viggo Mortensen | Canada/United Kingdom

The Father 
Florian Zeller | United Kingdom/France

Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/Canada

Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds 
Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer | United Kingdom/USA

Gaza mon amour 
Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser | Palestine/France/Germany/Portugal/Qatar

Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) 
I-Fan Wang | Taiwan

Good Joe Bell 
Reinaldo Marcus Green | USA

I Care A Lot 
J Blakeson | United Kingdom

Inconvenient Indian 
Michelle Latimer | Canada

The Inheritance 
Ephraim Asili | USA

Lift Like a Girl (Ash Ya Captain) 
Mayye Zayed | Egypt/Germany/Denmark

Ben Sharrock | United Kingdom

Memory House (Casa de Antiguidades) 
João Paulo Miranda Maria | Brazil/France

Sam Pollard | USA

The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel 
Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott | Canada

New Order (Nuevo orden) 
Michel Franco | Mexico

Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) 
Philippe Lacôte | Côte d’Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal

Chloé Zhao | USA

No Ordinary Man 
Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt | Canada

Gianfranco Rosi | Italy/France/Germany

One Night in Miami 
Regina King | USA

Penguin Bloom 
Glendyn Ivin | Australia

Pieces of a Woman 
Kornél Mundruczó | USA/Canada/Hungary

Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time (Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartóegyüttlétre) 
Lili Horvát | Hungary

Quo Vadis, Aïda? 
Jasmila Žbanić | Bosnia and Herzegovina/Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey

Shadow In The Cloud 
Roseanne Liang | USA/New Zealand

Shiva Baby 
Emma Seligman | USA/Canada

Spring Blossom 
Suzanne Lindon | France

Closing Night Presentation.
A Suitable Boy 
Mira Nair | United Kingdom/India

Summer of 85 (Été 85) 
François Ozon | France

The Third Day 
Felix Barrett, Dennis Kelly | United Kingdom

Michelle Latimer | Canada

True Mothers (Asa Ga Kuru) 
Naomi Kawase | Japan

Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) 
Miwa Nishikawa | Japan

Violation Madeleine Sims-Fewer
Dusty Mancinelli | Canada

Cathy Brady | United Kingdom/Ireland


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