Netflix to reveal four documentaries at Toronto Film Festival
Continuing to build on its innovative and award-winning slate of documentary programming, Netflix will unveil four new non-fiction titles at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), taking place September 8-18. This includes Amanda Knox, making its world premiere, a human story that goes past the headlines to examine the often fraught relationship between true crime tragedy, justice and entertainment; Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s Into the Inferno, a global cinematic journey on the deeply rooted relationship between humans and volcanoes; The Ivory Game, from directors Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, is an international thriller on the frontlines of ending African elephant extinction that counts Leonardo DiCaprio as an executive producer; and the moving and timely short The White Helmets, from the filmmaking team behind Virunga.
Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming said, “The breadth of our slate at the Toronto International Film Festival speaks to Netflix’s continued celebration of diverse voices and styles in the world of nonfiction. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of the documentary form, and our films screening at Toronto represent both emerging talent and iconic filmmakers during a thrilling time for documentaries.”
Netflix previously announced that Ava DuVernay’s The 13th, a searing look at the history of racial injustice in the U.S., will be the first ever nonfiction film to premiere opening night of the New York Film Festival. Two Sundance acquisitions, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s Audrie & Daisy, which examines two teen assault cases tried in the new public square of shame of social media, and Kevin Macdonald’s Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, a dazzling bio doc of the titular fireworks artist, are slated for 2016 releases along with winner of the Tribeca Best Documentary Short, Extremis, which explores the harrowing decisions faced in urgent end-of-life cases.
Last year, Netflix saw two explosive documentary titles, What Happened, Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire, compete in the Oscar race following successful festival runs. Netflix’s first original documentary acquisition, The Square, received a Documentary Feature Academy Award nomination in 2013.
AMANDA KNOX (Netflix Launch: September 30)
INTO THE INFERNO (Netflix Launch: October 28)
THE IVORY GAME (Netflix Launch: November 4)
THE WHITE HELMETS (Netflix Launch: September 16)