August 9, 2018
The following is a press release from the Toronto International Film Festival:
Midnight Madness has just announced its explosive lineup of ﬁlms for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival ® . Screening to an audience of die-hard ﬁlm fans every evening at 11:59pm, this year’s programme features 10 quintessential genre movies that are guaranteed to either terrorize or mesmerize.
“This year’s Midnight Madness slate promises another idiosyncratic conﬂuence of established and emerging genre ﬁlmmakers,” said Peter Kuplowsky, Midnight Madness Programmer. “To complement some of the buzziest provocations on the festival circuit, I have sought to curate an eccentric array of World Premieres that demonstrate the dexterity of genre cinema as a canvas for both sublime satisfaction and stunning subversion. That includes the section’s two much-anticipated sequels, “The Predator” and “Halloween,” each of which boldly and brilliantly builds upon its mythic iconography to thrilling and surprising effect.”
Kuplowsky continues to put his fearless stamp on the programme, starting with the opening ﬁlm: the World Premiere of Shane Black’s “The Predator,” the director’s reinvention of the iconic ﬁlm series. The lineup will also feature the highly anticipated World Premiere of “Halloween,” directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jamie Lee Curtis. The programme closes with the North American Premiere of “Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s bizarre, genre-bending ﬁlm that fascinated audiences at Cannes earlier this year. Midnight Madness will also present the North American Premiere of the electrifying Gaspar Noé ’s “Climax.”
The ﬁlms in this year’s lineup will feature strong performances by actors such as legendary Italian star Monica Bellucci, who plays the queen of a demonic underworld in the World Premiere of “Nekrotronic,” directed by Kiah Roache-Turner. Other ﬁlms include Peter Strickland’s highly anticipated “In Fabric,” which follows the life of a cursed dress, and the International Premiere of “Assassination Nation,” directed by Sam Levinson.
Additional World Premieres from this year’s selection will include Emma Tammi’s “The Wind”; “The Standoff at Sparrow Creek,” directed by Henry Dunham; and Vasan Bala’s “The Man Who Feels No Pain,” the ﬁrst Indian ﬁlm ever selected for the Midnight Madness programme.
The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018.
Films screening as part of the Midnight Madness programme include:
Sam Levinson | USA
Gaspar Noé | France
North American Premiere
* Midnight Madness Closing Film *
Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt | Portugal/France/Brazil
North American Premiere
David Gordon Green | USA
Peter Strickland | UK
The Man Who Feels No Pain
Vasan Bala | India
Kiah Roache-Turner | Australia
* Midnight Madness Opening Film *
Shane Black | USA
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek
Henry Dunham | USA
Emma Tammi | USA
For ﬁlm synopses, cast lists, images, and more information, see tiff.net/midnightmadness. Festival ticket packages start at $105. Purchase packages online at tiff.net/tickets, or by phone (416.599.TIFF)