Every year, stars and cinema descend on Toronto for two weeks of glitz and glamor. But after the doors to the star-studded afterparties have already opened, another type of cinema comes alive; Midnight Madness. Kicking off with Blood Quantum from Jeff Barnaby, Midnight Madness’ 2019 slate includes 10 international genre picks, half of which from first-time filmmakers celebrating their feature debuts.
“The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the 10 eclectic films that will make up this year’s Midnight Madness lineup. This year’s programme ushers in a new generation of formidable genre filmmakers amidst veteran Midnight mavericks, who collectively push the envelope with both experimental and quintessential genre thrills that are guaranteed to keep the loyal late-night audience rapt and wired.
“This year’s selections challenge the traditional parameters of genre and shock cinema, but — most excitingly — half of the lineup’s wicked provocations are courtesy of filmmakers making their feature-film debut,” said Peter Kuplowsky, Lead Programmer for Midnight Madness. “I’m delighted to welcome midnight movie institutions like Takashi Miike and Richard Stanley back to the section, and even more ecstatic to have the privilege to introduce so many transgressive, innovative, and galvanizing new voices. The tide is high, and be it a Mi’gmaq reserve, a Hassidic neighborhood, or a Ugandan village, more communities are getting opportunities to share their myths and monsters. I know this year’s lineup will exhilarate Midnight audiences come September.” ”
Films screening as part of the Midnight Madness programme include:
*Midnight Madness Opening Film*
Blood Quantum Jeff Barnaby | Canada
Color Out of Space Richard Stanley | USA
*Midnight Madness Closing Film*
Crazy World Isaac Nabwana | Uganda
First Love (Hatsukoi) Takashi Miike | Japan/United Kingdom
North American Premiere
Gundala Joko Anwar | Indonesia
The Platform (El Hoyo) Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia | Spain
Saint Maud Rose Glass | United Kingdom
The Twentieth Century Matthew Rankin | Canada
The Vast of Night Andrew Patterson | USA
The Vigil Keith Thomas | USA
The 44th Toronto International Film Festival and Midnight Madness run September 5th–15th, 2019. For more information or to grab your tickets, head to tiff.net/tickets!