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5 sports-centric TIFF picks

What to watch at the Toronto International Film Festival this month

Now in its 43rd year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has long been regarded as the most influential event of its kind after Cannes. This year, movie-goers can choose from 342 films from 83 countries, debuting between September 6 to 16. Here, five noteworthy fitness-focused options.


screwball

Director Billy Corben’s 105-minute “true-crime comedy” looks at Major League Baseball’s biggest doping scandal through the eyes of Anthony Bosch, founder of the South Florida clinic that provided performance-enhancing drugs to some of the league’s biggest names, including Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez. Staged reenactments by children offer a funny—and unexpected—send-up of the sordid affair.
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freedom fields

Fadwa, the young Libyan protagonist in this 99-minute documentary, aspires to play soccer for her country on the international stage. British-Libyan filmmaker Naziha Areba trails Fadwa and her all-female teammates over the course of four years as they struggle to gain mainstream acceptance. The result is a lens onto the challenges faced by women at large in post-revolution Libya.
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maiden

The Whitbread Round the World Race had once been an exclusively male-dominated event. Then came British sailor Tracy Edwards and her all-female crew. In this 93-minute documentary, director Alex Holmes combines archival footage and new interviews with Edwards and her crewmates to recreate their unprecedented sea voyage for the now legendary 1989-1990 race.
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free solo

In 2011, Jimmy Chin and two fellow climbers made history by making the first ascent to the peak of Mount Meru in the Himalayas. It was an arduous trek captured in Chin’s critically-acclaimed film, Meru, co-directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi. The filmmaking duo returns with this 97-minute documentary, another mountain-climbing epic that follows rock climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to climb free solo—without safety ropes—up Yosemite’s notoriously difficult El Capitan rock face.
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mid90s

Jonah Hill’s 84-minute feature directorial debut follows a 13-year-old boy from a Los Angeles suburb who falls in with an older and more experienced group of neighborhood skateboarders. What unfolds is a funny, irreverent and tender coming-of-age story.
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