Springsteen doc in TIFF lineup

The latest offerings from high profile filmmakers including Werner Herzog and Errol Morris will bow in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Real to Reel program, while a doc that explores Bruce Springsteen’s creative process will screen as a gala.

The fest on Wednesday unveiled some of its non-fiction picks from countries including the U.S., Norway, China and Australia for its upcoming 35th edition, while the Canadian lineup will be announced next week.

Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World) is bringing his 3D Cave of Forgotten Dreams, in which he gained exclusive access to France’s Chauvet caves to capture the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind, while Morris (The Thin Blue Line) will screen Tabloid, about a former Miss Wyoming who was convicted of rape and became prime fodder for tabloid newspapers.

U.S. director Thom Zimny will bow The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, which takes viewers into the studio with Springsteen and the E Street Band for the recording of their fourth album. The director gained access to never-before-seen footage shot between 1976-78.

The Real to Reel lineup also includes Kim Longinotto’s Pink Saris, about an Indian feminist’s group; Alex Gibney’s Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer; Ondi Timoner’s Cool It which features Bjorn Lomborg, the controversial author of The Skeptical Environmentalist who challenges the notion of climate change; and Vibeke Lokkegerg’s Tears of Gaza which records the impact of the 2008-2009 bombings of Gaza on civilians. Also on the slate: Frederick Wiseman’s Boxing Gym; Jorgen Leth’s Erotic Man; Linda Hoaglund’s ANPO; Naomi Kawase’s Genpin and Chinese directors Guo Jing and Ke Dingding’s When My Child is Born.

‘I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to program a documentary line-up with so many acclaimed filmmakers this year,’ said Thom Powers, documentary programmer for TIFF. ‘From Oscar winners and nominees to Emmy award-winners, these talented filmmakers have created works that will be debated and discussed for months to come.’

With files from realscreen