Toronto Film Festival Announces Midnight Madness, Docs and Shorts



The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced more of the main slate for their 42nd fest, including the always exciting “Midnight Madness” section, the TIFF Docs programme and its International Short Cuts titles.

Starting at midnight last night (appropriately enough), the Midnight Madness Twitter account had been teasing hints for the ten movies that would appear in that section. Movies that have previously premiered during TIFF’s “Midnight Madness” include James Wan’s Insidious, Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever and Hostel, Adam Wingard’s You’re Next and Blair Witch remake, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire and others.


This year’s line-up represents five countries, and includes the North American Premiere  of Brawl in Cell Block 99 by S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) as well as six World Premieres, including James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, which played as a Work-in-Progress at the SXSW Film Festival in March. The Closing Night film is the World Premiere of Sôichi Umezawa’s Vampire Clay from Japan.

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)

Coralie Fargeat, France (World Premiere)

The Ritual
David Bruckner, UK (World Premiere)

Midnight Madness Closing Film
Vampire Clay
Sôichi Umezawa, Japan (World Premiere)


This year’s TIFF Docs programme includes movies about Eric Clapton, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sammy Davis, Jr., Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey, as well as the opening night Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami from Sophie Fiennes and closing night, Emmanuel Gras’ Makala. TIFF will also hold the World Premieres for Morgan Spurlock’s doc sequel, Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! and new films from Brett Morgen, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.

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)

Documentary Programme Opening Film
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
Sophie Fiennes, United Kingdom/Ireland (World Premiere)

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)

Documentary Programme Closing Film
Emmanuel Gras, France (North American Premiere)

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)

Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman, Canada/South Africa/Kenya (World Premiere)

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!
Morgan Spurlock, USA (World Premiere)


Lastly, the International Short Cuts program includes 32 shorts from 30 different countries across the globe, including 17 directed by women.

Michaela Müller, Switzerland/Croatia (North American Premiere)

Blue Christmas
Charlotte Wells, UK/USA (World Premiere)

Rakan Mayasi, Palestine/Lebanon (World Premiere)

The Burden (Min börda)
Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Sweden (North American Premiere)

Jamille van Wijngaarden, Netherlands (International Premiere)

Andrés Ramírez Pulido, Colombia/Brazil (North American Premiere)

The Death, Dad & Son (La Mort, Père & Fils) 
Winshluss, Denis Walgenwitz, France (International Premiere)

Drop by Drop (Água Mole) Xá
Laura Gonçalves, Portugal (North American Premiere)

A Drowning Man
Mahdi Fleifel, Denmark/Greece/UK  (North American Premiere)

Everlasting MOM (Ima Lanetzah)
Elinor Nechemya, Israel (International Premiere)

Fifteen (Khamastashar)
Sameh Alaa, Egypt (World Premiere)

Justine Bateman, USA (World Premiere)

A Gentle Night (Xiao Cheng Er Yue)
Yang Qiu, China (Canadian Premiere)

I Didn’t Shoot Jesse James (Je n’ai pas tué Jesse James)
Sophie Beaulieu, France (North American Premiere)

Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month
Carlo Francisco Manatad, Philippines/Singapore (North American Premiere)

Long Distance Relationship (Namoro À Distância)
Carolina Markowicz, Brazil (World Premiere)

Lower Heaven
Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi, France/Iran (International Premiere)

Magic Moments
Martina Buchelová, Slovakia (World Premiere)

Jessica Palud, France/Belgium (North American Premiere)

Sam Kuhn, Canada/USA (North American Premiere)

Mon amour mon ami
Adriano Valerio, Italy/France (International Premiere)

Mother (Madre)
Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Spain (International Premiere)

Preparation (Proetimasia)
Sofia Georgovassili, Greece (World Premiere)

The President’s Visit
Cyril Aris, Lebanon/Qatar/USA (World Premiere)

Push It
Julia Thelin, Sweden (North American Premiere)

Roadside Attraction
Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas, USA (World Premiere)

Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr, USA (International Premiere)

Kei Chikaura, Japan (North American Premiere)

Still Water Runs Deep
Abbesi Akhamie, USA/Nigeria (World Premiere)

Together Alone (Nosotros solos)
Mateo Bendesky, Argentina (International Premiere)

Treehouse (La casa del árbol)
Juan Sebastián Quebrada, Colombia/France (World Premiere)

Amberley Jo Aumua, New Zealand (International Premiere)

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