It’s been six long years since Oscar winning documentary giant Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine) has unleashed his brand of muckraking cinema, but he’s at it again with Where to Invade Next. The film, making its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, has been a tightly kept secret- no one really know the filmmaker had a new film in the works before it showed up on the TIFF roster, for instance. Here’s our first glimpse with a tongue-in-cheek teaser trailer.
Moore’s last film was the somewhat lackluster (by his standards, by not exactly infiltrating the zeitgeist) Capitalism: A Love Story (2009), a documentary that put big business under the microscope, yet the filmmaker has always had a penchant for incendiary cinema with Moore’s vibrant personality front and center. Moore’s first film was the classic doc Roger & Me (1989), which focused on Moore attempting to have a meeting with GM CEO Roger Smith. Since that breakthrough, Moore helmed the gun rights doc Bowling for Columbine (2002)- a film in which in won an Oscar for and gave one of the most inflammatory acceptance speeches in Academy history. He followed up that film with the 2004 Palme d’Or winning Fahrenheit 9/11 (still the highest grossing documentary of all time) and the health care doc Sicko (2007), which earned Moore an Oscar nomination.
Where to Invade Next is still a fairly well guarded secret, however Toronto’s documentary programmer Thom Powers (who saw the film early) stated, ““You get the sense he’s been saving himself to say something special, to say something meaningful, and that’s what this film is.” The film is still seeking U.S. distribution but will likely be one of the major talking points of TIFF. Where to Invade Next will also be screening at the 2015 New York Film Festival.
Check out the teaser trailer below.