While we (im)patiently wait for the First Wave of Fantastic Fest programming to be announced (psst: a little birdy told me to expect it soon), the Midnight Madness selections for the Toronto International Film Fest are always a quick glimpse at what we could potentially see during The Best Week of the Year™.
As usual, the programmers did not disappoint. Newly minted MM head (and man of exquisite hats), Peter Kuplowsky (taking over for longtime TIFF stalwart Colin Geddes), has packed the slate with must-sees. What’s gotten this writer all hot and bothered is the Opening selection – Joseph Kahn’s Bodied. As a longtime lover of Kahn’s hyperactive masterpiece, Detention, a new feature is music to my ears. We also have new potential bangers from S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk), and Hélène Cattet/Bruno Forzani (The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears), to name a few.
Check out the full lineup here:
- Bodied, Joseph Kahn, USA, World Premiere (Opening 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
- Downrange, Ryuhei Kitamura, USA, World Premiere
- Great Choice, Robin Comisar, USA, Canadian Premiere
- Let the Corpses Tan, Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, Belgium/France, World Premiere
- Revenge, Coralie Fargeat, France, World Premiere
- The Ritual, David Bruckner, UK, World Premiere
- Vampire Clay, Sôichi Umezawa, Japan, World Premiere (Closing Film)
Festival Season is right around the corner – so expect your Twitter feeds to fill with humblebraggers going HAM after initial viewings of big titles (thus kicking off the yearly world premiere/theatrical release/critical backlash cycle). The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 – 17th. Be there.