#IrishAbroad: Blinder Films’ Grace Jones documentary added to TIFF 2017 lineup
Sophie Fiennes’ Irish/UK documentary/biopic Grace Jones : Bloodlight And Bami has been added to the lineup for the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, which takes place September 7th to 17th. It will World Premiere as the opening film of the festival’s Documentary strand.
The film, which was previously titled Grace Jones: The Music of My Life, is a multi-narrative journey through the private and public realms of the legendary singer and performer Grace Jones. Mixing intimate personal footage with unique staged musical sequences, and reaching beyond the iconic mask to create a cinematic journey into the worlds of Ms Grace Jones.
The documentary is a collaboration between Jones and Fiennes, who first embarked on the project together in 2005. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is produced by Katie Holly for Blinder Films, as well as Sophie Fiennes and Shani Hinton in association with JW Films and financed by BBC Films and the BFI in association with Roads Entertainment and the TBA21 Foundation and with the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is the fourth Irish title to be selected for TIFF 2017, following previously announced films: The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey; Mary Shelley, directed by Haifaa Al-Monsour; and the Element Pictures co-production Disobedience, directed by Sebastián Lelio.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami opens in Ireland on October 27th, with a special preview playing in a number of cinemas nationwide on October 25th . Tickets for the preview are on sale now.
Other films announced today in the Midnight Madness and Documentary Strands are:
Midnight Madness Bodied – Joseph Kahn, USA, World Premiere, Midnight Madness Opening Night Film Brawl in Cell Block 99 – S. Craig Zahler, USA, North American Premiere The Crescent – Seth A. Smith, Canada, World Premiere The Disaster Artist – James Franco, USA, World Premiere Great Choice – Robin Comisar, USA, Canadian Premiere Mom and Dad – Brian Taylor, USA, World Premiere Revenge – Coralie Fargeat, France, World Premiere The Ritual – David Bruckner, UK, World Premiere Vampire Clay – Sôichi Umezawa, Japan, World Premiere, Midnight Madness Closing Film
Documentaries Azmaish: A Journey through the Subcontinent – Sabiha Sumar, Pakistan, North American Premiere BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat – Sara Driver, USA, World Premiere The China Hustle – Jed Rothstein, USA, World Premiere Cocaine Prison – Violeta Ayala, Australia/Bolivia/France/USA, World Premiere Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars – Lili Fini Zanuck, United Kingdom, World Premiere Ex Libris – The New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman, USA, North American Premiere The Final Year – Greg Barker, USA, World Premiere The Gospel According to André – Kate Novack, USA, World Premiere Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami– Sophie Fiennes, United Kingdom/Ireland, World Premiere, Documentary Programme Opening Film JIM & ANDY: the Great Beyond – the story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman featuring a very special, contractually obligated mention of Tony Clifton – Chris Smith, USA/Canada, North American Premiere Jane – Brett Morgen, USA, World Premiere The Judge – Erika Cohn, Palestine/USA, World Premiere The Legend of the Ugly King – Hüseyin Tabak, Germany/Austria, World Premiere Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle – Gustavo Salmerón, Spain, North American Premiere Love Means Zero – Jason Kohn, USA, World Premiere Makala – Emmanuel Gras, France, North American Premiere, Documentary Programme Closing Film Of Sheep and Men – Karim Sayad, Switzerland/Qatar, World Premiere One of Us – Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, USA, World Premiere The Other Side of Everything – Mila Turajlić, Serbia/France/Qatar, World Premiere Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me – Sam Pollard, USA, World Premiere Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood – Matt Tyrnauer, USA, World Premiere Silas – Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman, Canada/South Africa/Kenya, World Premiere Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! – Morgan Spurlock, USA, World Premiere