(Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave. With Amani Ballour, Samaher, Alaa, Salim Namour. Jillian Morgan, By Directed by Feras Fayyad. Actor Ellen Page also picks up directorial reigns for There's Something in the Water, which she has co-directed with Ian Daniel. National Geographic will release the film theatrically this fall. Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a 2010 3D documentary film by Werner Herzog about the Chauvet Cave in southern France, which contains some of the oldest human-painted images yet discovered. A companion piece to his earlier film Last Men in Aleppo, the film profiles Amani Ballour, a female doctor in Ghouta who is operating a makeshift hospital nicknamed "the Cave" during the Syrian Civil War. Ebs Burnough’s The Capote Tapes uses newly-found archival interview of Truman Capote and his friends and weaves a fascinating narrative of Capote’s life. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Fayyad’s “Aleppo” unfolded as a real-time thriller about volunteer recovery missions, and “The Cave” operates as a thematic sequel, deepening his exploration of the raggedy ecosystem that has sprung up to sustain life during wartime. Biographies form a good chunk of the TIFF Docs slate this year; there is Eva Orner’s Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator that documents the life of the controversial Yoga teacher Bikram Choudhury, Yung Chang’s This is Not a Movie that chronicles the life of legendary foreign correspondent and author Robert Fisk, and Lauren Greenfield’s The Kingmaker about Filipino politician and former First Lady Imelda Marcos. The film (pictured) sees director Feras Fayyad return to his native Syria, following a team of female doctors treating patients in an underground hospital in the war torn country as they are also faced with systemic sexism. The Cave and Love Child selected for TIFF Docs. Eva Mulvad’s Love Child offers a poignant portrait of a family of asylum seekers stuck in bureaucratic limbo while Hind Meddeb’s Paris Stalingrad extends the conversation to include the plight of the refugees struggling to make a home for themselves in Paris’ Stalingrad district. 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Show your love and take gifting off your plate. Programmed by Thom Powers, TIFF Docs will be opening with The Cave directed by the Oscar-nominated Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad who had … When one of Amani’s peers comes to her defense, the showdown serves as a keen snapshot of the doctor’s struggle on several fronts. It is no surprise then that several of the documentaries in the program are made me women. “The Cave” premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Under the Share Her Journey campaign, the festival made a five-year commitment, in 2017, to increase participation, skills, and opportunities for women both behind and in front of the camera. Other major awards went to narrative films, like Matthew Rankin’s The Twentieth Century, which took the Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film, and Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, which won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. But as a pure cinematic immersion into Syria’s civil war, it’s an unprecedented look at the deterioration of a country with no ground left to stand on. Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox. Whether she’s battling sexism from male patients or guiding a lost child to the x-ray room, Amani’s commitment is a fascinating psychological case study that provides the story with its center. “This religion is just a tool for men,” she says. One of the most-awaited film festivals in the world, the Toronto International Film Festival, just announced the line-up for two of their most popular sections: TIFF Docs, its documentary program, and Midnight Madness, its late-night treat for genre film fans. The movie’s horrific final stretch is an eye-opening look at the aftermath of chemical attacks, and its graphic details prove essential: Introduced by an ominous yellow fog overtaking the city’s horizon, the sequence provides an jarring look at systemic genocide impossible to convey through reductive headlines from afar. Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! With a documentary program that shines with names like Alex Gibney, Patricio Guzmán, and Gabe Polsky, among others, the TIFF Docs slate is a treat for all kinds of documentary lovers: the seasoned ones and the ones who are just starting to dip their feet in this vast ocean. All rights reserved. However, “The Cave” goes beyond merely lingering in its setting, and roots its drama in the efforts of a fascinating young figure. Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema is Mark Cousin’s 840-minutes-long epical tribute to 183 female directors, through the history of film. There have been many recent documentaries capturing the harrowing destruction of the Syrian civil war, but none that descend to the literal depths of “The Cave.” Director Feras Fayyad’s gripping followup to the Oscar-nominated “Last Men in Aleppo” takes place almost exclusively within the confines of an underground hospital that may as well be post-apocalyptic. 8. But “The Cave” doesn’t merely celebrate her commitment to the task at hand. Some of them were crafted around 32,000 years ago. Gifts. Visitors replying to his comment were soon demanding evidence. Unlike “Aleppo,” Fayyas doesn’t quite succeed at developing an immersive story so much as he lingers in this haunting setting, while Matthew Herbert’s touching (if occasionally overbearing) score weaves the action together. Nevertheless, Fayyas excels at finding small moments that take on poetic resonance, including one memorable scene that finds a doctor playing ballet music on his iPhone while enmeshed in a delicate surgery. Even in this desperate moment, her selfless acts face backlash from stern traditionalists. I write on film and culture, especially from a prism of feminism and post-colonialism; my writings have been published in Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Buzzfeed and Bitch Magazine, among others. However, “The Cave” comes closer to evoking the moment-to-moment dread of actually being there. As Russian bombs rain down on Eastern Gouta, and government forces keep some 40,000 people trapped within the city limits, Fayyad captures a desperate struggle for survival at the behest of a young doctor and her team. This is just some random content to show the different layouts possible, ™ Realscreen is a trademark of Brunico Communications Ltd. Site copyright © 1997-2020. “Keep on smiling for the children,” she tells one peer. run from Septem 5-15, 2019. “We live so we can become something important,” Dr. Amani tells one young patient, and she certainly seems to take that assessment to heart. I studied literature and cinema in New Delhi, came to New York City to attend graduate school in Cinema Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, and have been living here ever since. With Tiff’s Treats, you order and we deliver. Dr. Amani may be a genuine hero, but under these circumstances, she can only do so much. Sign Up: Stay on top of … National Geographic will release the film theatrically this fall. The second runner-up was Bryce Dallas Howard’s Dads. This Article is related to: Film, Reviews and tagged Feras Fayyad, Reviews, The Cave, TIFF. The 45th Toronto International Film Festival is set to run Sept 10-20 next year. “The Cave” premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Aspiring pediatrician Dr. Amani has twice been elected managing director of the hospital, where hordes of patients — many of them quite young — crowd the narrow hallways and dark tunnels on a regular basis. Kidscreen Staff, Grolsch People's Choice Documentary Award, The Brief Global Pitch Guide Introduction. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. As the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival came to a close on Sunday (Sept. 15), feature documentary The Cave took home the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award. With nothing to lose aside from the hospital itself, Dr. Amani has no qualms about speaking her mind. “The Cave” eschews broader sociopolitical context for the sake of you-are-there intensity, and its abrupt ending suggests there’s a lot more of this story than what we see onscreen. Speaking through a voiceover that guides the narrative along, Amani recalls growing up under “a racist and autocratic regime,” and how the war drove her to “respond to the terrible reality” through her work. At one point, a male relative of one of her patients confronts her, demanding a man be in charge. Interviews with leading film and TV creators about their process and craft. August 2019 Danish Film Institute Beyond encapsulating the city’s devastation, “The Cave” is an implicit critique of a war-torn society still at the mercy of antiquated values. Repeat orders in a snap, and even track your delivery all the way to your door on the map. Expanding the conversation on fathers and fatherhood, Ibrahim: A Fate to Define is a personal documentary by Lina Al Abed about her missing father, who was a secret member of a militant splinter faction. The best way to order Tiff's Treats warm cookies, delivered? Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. Programmed by Thom Powers, TIFF Docs will be opening with The Cave directed by the Oscar-nominated Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad who had previously made Last Men in Aleppo. TIFF ’19: “The Cave” takes People’s Choice Documentary Award As the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival came to a close on Sunday (Sept. 15), feature documentary The Cave … Kenny Veach posted a comment on Youtube, claiming to have found a mysterious cave in Nevada. Toronto International Film Festival, 2019 unveiled its documentary films lineup and is all set to ... [+] run from Septem 5-15, 2019. “The films and talent featured in this year’s festival have left us inspired, awestruck, and excited for the future of cinema.”. Running time: 95 MIN. For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work …